Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 560
IntroThe GeForce GTX 480 comes with clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 924 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 560, which comes with a core clock speed of 810 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1001 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 480 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 560 should be just a bit (about 8%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 480 should be quite a bit (about 30%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 560, and also should be able to handle higher 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.