AMD Radeon HD 6670 and 6570 Mainstream GPUs - HotHardware

AMD Radeon HD 6670 and 6570 Mainstream GPUs

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A couple of weeks ago, AMD took the wraps off of the Radeon HD 6450, an affordable DirectX 11-class graphics card targeted at users looking to upgrade from basic, integrated graphics solutions. We posted a quick look at the Radeon HD 6450 in our news, and while the card wasn’t a barn-burner, it was certainly a step up from integrated graphics. The card’s low-power characteristics, low profile, and the integration of AMD’s UVD3 video engine also made it an excellent candidate for HTPC applications.

Today AMD continues to flesh out the Radeon HD 6000 series with a few more cards targeted at more budget-friendly, mainstream market segments. As their names suggest, the new Radeon HD 6670 and Radeon HD 6570 cards launching today are somewhat more powerful than the Radeon HD 6450, but they’re also priced a little higher too. We’re still talking about really affordable price-points though; 1GB GDDR5 versions of the Radeon HD 6670 will be available for as low as $99, while the 512MB GDDR5 (or 1GB DDR3) version of Radeon HD 6570 will be available for around $79.

The specifications and main features of these new Radeon HD 6000 series cards are posted below. Then we’ll follow up with some quick and dirty performance tests on the pages ahead...

AMD Radeon HD 6570 and 6670 DirectX 11 GPUs
Specifications & Features

 

Radeon HD 6570 GDDR5

Radeon HD 6570 GDDR3

Radeon HD 6670

Process

40nm

40nm

40nm

Transistors

716M

716M

716M

Engine Clock

650 MHz

650 MHz

800 MHz

Stream Processors

480

480

480

Compute Performance

724 GFLOPS

724 GFLOPS

768 GFLOPS

Texture Units

24

24

24

Texture Fillrate

15.6 GTexels/s

15.6 GTexels/s

19.2 GTexels/s

ROPs

8

8

8

Pixel Fillrate

5.2 Gpixel/s

5.2 Gpixel/s

6.4 Gpixel/s

Z/Stencil

32

32

32

Memory Type

GDDR5

DDR3

GDDR5

Memory Clock

900-1000 MHz

900 MHz

1000 MHz

Memory Data Rate

4 Gbps

1.8 Gbps

4 Gbps

Memory Bandwidth

64 GB/s

28.8 GB/s

64 GB/s

Maximum Board Power

60 W

44 W

66 W

Idle Board Power

11 W

10 W

12 W


   

   
AMD Radeon HD 6570 GDDR5 (top) and Radeon HD 6670 (bottom)

There are three new cards being announced today, GDD5 and GDDR3 versions of the Radeon HD 6570 and a GDDR5 version of the higher-end Radeon HD 6670. All three of the cards are based on the same GPU, however, and differ only in their form factors, memory configurations, and clock speeds.

At the heart of these new cards is a 716 million transistor GPU manufactured on TSMC’s 40nm process node. The GPU is outfitted with 480 stream processors, 24 texture units, and 8 ROPs, and it features a 128-bit memory interface. At its reference clocks of 650MHz for the GPU and 1GHz for the memory (4Gb/s data rate) the Radeon HD 6570 GDDR5 version offers 724 GFLOPS of compute performance, with a 5.2 GPixel/s pixel fillrate, and 64GB/s of memory bandwidth. The Radeon HD 6570 GDDR3 edition offers similar compute and fillrate numbers, but much lower peak memory bandwidth of 28.8GB/s due to the slower data rate of GDDR3 memory. The Radeon HD 6670, however, features a much higher clocked GPU, which will result in better overall performance in most instances. The reference specifications call for an 800MHz GPU clock on the Radeon HD 6670, which ups its fillrate to 6.4 GPixels/s; memory bandwidth is unchanged from the GDDR5 version of the 6570 (when 1GHz memory is used).

As you can see in the chart above, power consumption is very low on these cards as well, with the Radeon HD 6670 offering a max board power of only 66 watts under load (60 or 44 watts for the two Radeon HD 6570 cards). As such, none of these new cards requires supplemental power and heat and noise are non-issues.

Since these new cards are members of the Radeon HD 6000 family, they also share many of the same features of their higher-end counterparts, like UVD3 and Eyefinity support, among others.
 

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6670 - nice HTPC card but the price is kinda disappointing (although these initial prices on all cards drop a little bit and add a rebate pretty fast) but it performs less then a 5750 and costs as much at msrp that a 5770 can be commonly had for after rebate, or less!

Cant wait to see what will hopefully be sweeping changes that the AMD 7xxx series will bring to the table from a price:performance perspective.

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What's great about this overview of the new 6670 & 6570 card is to see where these cards fit in the lineup.even though a 5770 will easily out perrform them they do not need need additional power and it's safe   to say the 6670/6570 will perform just fine with a PSU of 450W.Agree that better cards like a 5770 can be had for about the same $$ or a little more and I have a 5770 with a 600W 80+ PSU and OC the system.If I were to upgrade someone's PC from integrated graphics that's a few years old with a 'generic' 450W PSU would strongly recommend a quality 600W 80+PSU and better card.if they were not all that concerned about framrates and game - playability then one of these lower power 6670/6570 would likely do.

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I almost feel as if they are giving people too many choices with very little difference in between cards.

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The sub $100 market is crazy crowded right now. You literally have over a dozen cards fighting it out in a ~$30 price range, between new cards like these, crippled cards, cards on massive sale, last gen cards, etc.

Since you can find a 6770 on sale for about the same price as the 6670, which offers about 30% more performance, the only reason to buy these new cards is for a HTPC.

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60x more powerful than Deep Blue & still falling behind last generation cards? These choices may be a little disappointing, but the technology itself is still amazing.

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Oversaturate the market :P brilliant production plan! AMD Dill-holes!

Why cant these GPU companies just make a kickbutt card that can stay on top for more than two weeks without making one faster and cheaper than the one you just bought!

It would be nice if you can have bragging rights about how your new card runs Crysis for more time than it takes to install the game!

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