Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8500 GT vs Radeon HD 5770
IntroThe GeForce 8500 GT features clock speeds of 450 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5770, which has a clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 5770 should in theory perform a lot faster than the GeForce 8500 GT overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 5770 is much (approximately 844%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5770 is the winner, and very much so. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at 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 graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.