Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 560 vs Radeon HD 6870
IntroThe GeForce GTX 560 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 810 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1001 MHz on this particular model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6870, which features GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 6870 should theoretically be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6870 should be a little bit (more or less 11%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 560. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 6870 will be a bit (about 11%) better at AA than the GeForce GTX 560, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.