Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti
IntroThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti has core speeds of 822 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which comes with a clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is 12% faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 Ti is a lot (about 95%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti should be just a bit (more or less 20%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.