Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 7850
IntroThe GeForce GTX 660 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this particular model. It features 960 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 24 ROPs.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 7850, which has GPU core speed of 860 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7850 should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 660 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 should be quite a bit (approximately 42%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 7850 will be a little bit (approximately 17%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 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 AA, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.