Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Geforce GTX 680
IntroThe GeForce GTX 285 1GB uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 648 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 1242 MHz on this specific model. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.
Compare that to the Geforce GTX 680, which features core clock speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Geforce GTX 680 should in theory be much faster than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 should be a lot (approximately 148%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 should be quite a bit (approximately 55%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 can be processed in one second. This number is worked out 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 processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.