AMD Radeon HD 6670 and 6570 Mainstream GPUs

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Our Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary: The new Radeon HD 6570 and Radeon HD 6670 performed relatively well throughout our testing, but couldn’t keep pace with a couple of similarly priced, previous generation cards. As expected, the smaller frame buffer and lower-GPU clock of the Radeon HD 6570 resulted in somewhat lower performance than the Radeon HD 6670. Even still, the slightly higher-end Radeon HD 6670 trailed the older Radeon HD 5750 and GeForce GTS 450 throughout our tests.

AMD Radoen HD 6570 GDDR5 and Radeon HD 6670

The Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 are arriving at a time when stock on previous-generation cards is still plentiful and many manufacturers are running promos that bring their prices way down. As we mentioned earlier, the 1GB GDDR5 versions of the Radeon HD 6670 we tested 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. At this point in time, however, much better performing cards are available for less money. For example, XFX’s Radeon HD 5750 is available for only $79 after a mail in rebate and Galaxy, ZOTAC, and Sparkle GeForce GTS 450 cards are available for $85, $95, and $97, respectively, again after mail in rebates. At these prices, unless the lower-profiles and minimal power requirements of the Radeon HD 6570 and 6670 are must-haves for you, the previous-generation cards simply offer more bang for the buck. Even if the rebates weren’t currently in place, the $100 - $115 price points of the previous-gen cards are absolutely worth the extra investment, as the numbers have shown.

If we disregard the mail-in-rebate situation for moment, that puts the Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 up against cards like the GeForce GTS 240 / 440 and Radeon HD 5570. Against these cards, the Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 would offer better overall performance, and they’d be vastly superior to any integrated graphics solution too, but cards like the GT 240 / 440 and 5570 can be found for as little as $55 today. Strictly in terms of price, the situation doesn’t look so good for the Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 at the moment. Whether that remains the case in the coming weeks as older stock dwindles and street prices on Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 cards settle remains to be seen, however.

For now, the new Radeon HD 6570 and HD 6670 are evolutionary products that bring virtually all of the features of AMD’s excellent Radeon HD 6000 series down to sub-$100 price points. They’re also quite power friendly and quiet, and would make excellent cards for HTPC applications. If you’re on a budget and live-and-die by framerates though, there’s more performance to be had for similar or slightly more money.

  • Low Power
  • Low Profile
  • Cool and Quiet
  • Affordable
  • UVD3 and Eyefinity Support

  • More Performance Available For Similar Investment
  • Can't Keep Pace With Older 5750 or GTS 450


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