Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 9600 GT 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 64 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which has GPU clock speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 480 Stream Processors, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should in theory perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9600 GT 512MB should be just a bit (about 8%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 9600 GT 512MB should be much (more or less 63%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, and able to handle 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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory 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 better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.