Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 7770
IntroThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti has a GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7770, which features GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 7770 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 7770 will be a lot (more or less 39%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti is quite a bit (more or less 35%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7770, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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 information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.