Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Geforce GTX 680
IntroThe GeForce GTX 285 1GB features a GPU clock speed of 648 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1242 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is made up of 240 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Compare that to the Geforce GTX 680, which comes with 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 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 680 should be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 should be a lot (about 148%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 is a lot (approximately 55%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels 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 the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.