Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 3870 512MB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe Radeon HD 3870 512MB uses a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 775 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 320(64x5) SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should in theory be a bit superior to the Radeon HD 3870 512MB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB will be much (more or less 55%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3870 512MB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 3870 512MB should be much (about 94%) better at AA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 MB per second) that can be transferred over 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 memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.