Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 7850
IntroThe GeForce GTX 660 has a GPU core clock speed of 980 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1502 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 960 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 7850, which makes use of a 28 nm design. ATi has set the core speed at 860 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1200 MHz on this particular model. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 7850 should in theory be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 660 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 will be much (about 42%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 7850. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 7850 should be just a bit (more or less 17%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 660, and also capable of handling higher screen 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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If 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 higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.