Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 7770
IntroThe GeForce GTX 660 features a GPU core speed of 980 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1502 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 960 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 7770, which makes use of a 28 nm design. ATi has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this particular model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 660 should theoretically be much superior to the Radeon HD 7770 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 should be much (about 96%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7770. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 will be quite a bit (more or less 47%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon HD 7770, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes 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. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per 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 is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.