Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 7850
IntroThe GeForce GTX 660 Ti comes with a GPU core clock speed of 915 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 7850, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1200 MHz on this specific card. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 7850, in theory, should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be a lot (approximately 86%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 7850 should be a lot (approximately 25%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and also should be 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.