Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti
IntroThe GeForce GTX 470 comes with a GPU clock speed of 607 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also features 448 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which comes with GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 470 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 Ti is much (more or less 201%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 470 is a small bit (about 11%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number 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 applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.