Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 7850
IntroThe GeForce 9800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 7850, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this model. 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)
The Radeon HD 7850 should theoretically perform much faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 7850 should be a lot (more or less 64%) better at AF than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 7850 is much (about 187%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and 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.
Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.