Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 5850 vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe Radeon HD 5850 features core clock speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1440(288x5) SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, which has GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 5850, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 5850 should be much (about 235%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 5850 will be much (approximately 346%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 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.