Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 3850 1GB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe Radeon HD 3850 1GB has core clock speeds of 668 MHz on the GPU, and 828 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. ATi has clocked the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific model. 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)
Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should theoretically be much superior to the Radeon HD 3850 1GB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB is quite a bit (approximately 80%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3850 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 3850 1GB should be a lot (more or less 67%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, and will be able to handle higher resolutions better. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.