Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 260 vs GeForce GTX 660
IntroThe GeForce GTX 260 makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 999 MHz on this card. It features 192 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 28 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 660, which features a core clock frequency of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 960 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
(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 a lot better than the GeForce GTX 260 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 660 should be quite a bit (about 113%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 260. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 is the winner, by far. (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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill 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 maximum fill rate.