Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 5570 vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe Radeon HD 5570 uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The DDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 400(80x5) SPUs along with 20 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which features core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB should be just a bit (approximately 20%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5570. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have exactly the same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, and be able to handle the same resolutions. (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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.