Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 580 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti
IntroThe GeForce GTX 580 features a clock speed of 772 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1002 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which features a clock frequency of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTX 580 should be 34% quicker than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be quite a bit (approximately 107%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 580 is the winner, 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 maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.