Compare any two graphics cards:
Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon HD 6870
IntroThe Geforce GTX 670 comes with a core clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6870, which has GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1050 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1120 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Geforce GTX 670, in theory, should be much faster than the Radeon HD 6870 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Geforce GTX 670 will be a lot (approximately 103%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high resolution is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 670 is superior to the Radeon HD 6870, 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range 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 amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.