Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GT 430 vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3
IntroThe GeForce GT 430 features core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare all that to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 1782 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 430 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is much (about 157%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should be much (approximately 414%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 430, and 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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest 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 card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.