Sapphire Radeon HD 6570
Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 20 April 2011. Page 6 of 6. 7 Comments

How much does Sapphire's new AMD Radeon HD 6570 graphics card cost? Only $79 USD. The new Radeon HD 6670 is set at a $100 price point while the Radeon HD 6790 is up at $150 USD. From our initial tests, the Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 performance is not too bad, especially for being a sub-$80 graphics card. While the range of Linux native games isn't too great and for the Linux-compatible engines they aren't too demanding (except for Unigine and the not-yet-publicly-released-for-Linux Source Engine) at this point compared to some of the Windows-only engines, the Radeon HD 6570 should be capable of handling these workloads when paired with the Catalyst binary driver.

For those interested in AMD's open-source support, you'd be best off with a Radeon HD 4000 or 5000 series graphics card that has more mature support with its kernel DRM / Gallium3D code. However, if you are looking for a Radeon HD 6000 series part, the HD 6570 support will certainly mature with time and for now you can always use the Catalyst blob.

More of the Sapphire Radeon HD 6570 benchmarks are provided on so you can facilitate your own comparisons against these results using our open-source Phoronix Test Suite automated benchmarking software.

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