Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 9600 GT 512MB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which has GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 480 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, in theory, should be a small bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is a little bit (about 8%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is a lot (about 63%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, and also capable of handling 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.