Compare any two graphics cards:
Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 7850
IntroThe Geforce GTX 670 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1500 MHz on this particular card. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7850, which features GPU core speed of 860 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the Geforce GTX 670 should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 7850 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Geforce GTX 670 is a lot (approximately 86%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 670 is a better choice, though only just barely. (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 maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one 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 higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.