Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 9800 GT 512MB comes with clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 900 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 160 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should theoretically be much better than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should be quite a bit (about 460%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should be quite a bit (more or less 220%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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 maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.