Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Geforce GTX 680
IntroThe GeForce GTX 285 1GB has clock speeds of 648 MHz on the GPU, and 1242 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare all that to the Geforce GTX 680, which has a core clock speed of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
As far as performance goes, the Geforce GTX 680 should in theory be much superior to the GeForce GTX 285 1GB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 should be quite a bit (approximately 148%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 should be much (more or less 55%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, and should be 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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.