Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB
IntroThe GeForce 9800 GT 1GB comes with a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB should be a bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be a lot (approximately 115%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, by a large margin. (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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.