Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 260 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM)
IntroThe GeForce GTX 260 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 999 MHz on this model. It features 192 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 28 ROPs.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), which features a clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 160 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 260 should theoretically be a lot superior to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 260 will be much (approximately 637%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM). (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 260 will be much (approximately 545%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM), and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)
Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.
Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.