Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs Radeon HD 5850
IntroThe GeForce GTX 660 Ti has a GPU core clock speed of 915 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5850, which features GPU clock speed of 725 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1440(288x5) SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should perform a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5850 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 Ti will be much (approximately 96%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5850. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5850 is superior to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, but not by far. (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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.