Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which features a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB is a lot (approximately 23%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB will be quite a bit (approximately 23%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher 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 max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.