Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8500 GT vs Radeon HD 5770
IntroThe GeForce 8500 GT features a GPU core clock speed of 450 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 16 Stream Processors, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5770, which has a GPU core clock speed of 850 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1200 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5770 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 8500 GT overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 5770 will be a lot (about 844%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 5770 will be quite a bit (approximately 656%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8500 GT, and 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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.