Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 280 vs Radeon HD 5770
IntroThe GeForce GTX 280 comes with a GPU clock speed of 602 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 1107 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is comprised of 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5770, which features GPU core speed of 850 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1200 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GTX 280, in theory, should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5770 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 280 will be a lot (about 42%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 280 should be a lot (about 42%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5770, and also capable of handling 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per 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 called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.