Compare any two graphics cards:
Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon HD 7950
IntroThe Geforce GTX 680 comes with a core clock speed of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7950, which features core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 32 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7950 should be much faster than the Geforce GTX 680 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 is quite a bit (about 44%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7950. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 is a lot (more or less 26%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7950, and also will be able to handle higher screen 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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs 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 also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.