Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GT 430 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe GeForce GT 430 comes with a GPU core speed of 700 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which features a core clock speed of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit bus, and makes use of 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)
Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 430 will be much (about 87%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB is a small bit (more or less 7%) better at AA than the GeForce GT 430, and will 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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.