Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 7850
IntroThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti comes with a clock speed of 822 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1002 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7850, which features a core clock frequency of 860 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 7850, in theory, should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 7850 should be a bit (about 5%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 7850 will be a bit (about 5%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and also will be capable of handling 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 maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.