Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 660 vs Radeon HD 5770
IntroThe GeForce GTX 660 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 980 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1502 MHz on this model. It features 960 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5770, which has GPU core speed of 850 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1200 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GTX 660, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 5770 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 is a lot (approximately 131%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 should be quite a bit (about 73%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5770, and also able to handle higher 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.