Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8500 GT vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3
IntroThe GeForce 8500 GT comes with a core clock frequency of 450 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which features core speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1782 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should in theory be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 8500 GT in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is much (about 700%) better at AF than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is superior to the GeForce 8500 GT, by far. (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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.