Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 5570 vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe Radeon HD 5570 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 400(80x5) Stream Processors, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 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 bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB is just a bit (approximately 20%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5570. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have exactly the same pixel rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at FSAA, 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 information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.