Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 660
IntroThe GeForce GTX 260 has a GPU core speed of 576 MHz, and the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.
Compare that to the GeForce GTX 660, which comes with a clock speed of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 960 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 660 should be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 260 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 is much (more or less 113%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 is a lot (approximately 46%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 260, and 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also 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, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.