Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti
IntroThe GeForce GT 640 DDR3 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a frequency of 1782 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 overall. (explain)
Texel RateBoth cards have exactly the same texel rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at anisotropic filtering. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, and very much so. (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 max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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 higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.