Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 5570 vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe Radeon HD 5570 features a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR3 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB should be just a bit (about 20%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 5570. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have exactly the same pixel fill rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at AA, and be capable of handling 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 reach the max fill rate.