Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti
IntroThe GeForce GTX 470 has a GPU clock speed of 607 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is made up of 448 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which features a core clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1344 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be 8% quicker than the GeForce GTX 470 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be a lot (approximately 201%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 470 will be a little bit (approximately 11%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, and also able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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 (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at 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 the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.