Compare any two graphics cards:
Geforce GTX 670 vs Geforce GTX 680
IntroThe Geforce GTX 670 comes with a core clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 680, which comes with core clock speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Geforce GTX 680 should in theory perform a little bit faster than the Geforce GTX 670 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 should be much (about 26%) better at texture filtering than the Geforce GTX 670. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Geforce GTX 680 will be a bit (approximately 10%) better at FSAA than the Geforce GTX 670, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.