Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GT 450 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 7870
IntroThe GeForce GT 450 (OEM) comes with core speeds of 790 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7870, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1200 MHz on this specific card. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7870 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 450 (OEM) in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 7870 should be a lot (more or less 322%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 450 (OEM). (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 7870 is quite a bit (approximately 69%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 450 (OEM), and also able to handle 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 (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.