Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs Radeon HD 5670
IntroThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB features a clock frequency of 738 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1100 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 5670, which comes with core speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 400(80x5) SPUs as well as 20 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Mass Effect 2
Supreme Commander 2
GeForce GTS 250 1GB wins
(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)
When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB wins overall, by 28 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB should perform a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 5670 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be much (approximately 205%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is superior to the Radeon HD 5670, by far. (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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.