Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 9600 GT 512MB has a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It features 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 480 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB should be a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is just a bit (about 8%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 9600 GT 512MB will be quite a bit (more or less 63%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6670 (OEM) 1GB, and 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 largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.