Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GTX vs Geforce GTX 680
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GTX comes with core clock speeds of 575 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 24 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 680, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1006 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Geforce GTX 680 should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GTX overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 should be a lot (more or less 250%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8800 GTX. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 is quite a bit (approximately 133%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8800 GTX, and also will be capable of handling higher 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.
Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.