Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 660
IntroThe GeForce GTX 480 comes with core speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 924 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 TAUs and 48 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660, which has a core clock frequency of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 960 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTX 480 is 23% quicker than the GeForce GTX 660 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 should be a lot (approximately 87%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 480 is quite a bit (more or less 43%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 660, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.