Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) has core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 970 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specs 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 memory runs at a speed of 1782 MHz on this card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should in theory be just a bit faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) will be quite a bit (more or less 44%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GT 640 DDR3 will be much (more or less 38%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), and able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.