Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 vs Radeon HD 7850
IntroThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 comes with a GPU core speed of 732 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is made up of 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7850, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this particular card. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7850 should be 7% quicker than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 7850 should be much (more or less 34%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 is a little bit (approximately 6%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7850, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.