Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs GeForce GTX 650
IntroThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1026 MHz on this specific model. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 650, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1058 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should theoretically be much better than the GeForce GTX 650 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 650 should be a little bit (more or less 18%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti is much (more or less 28%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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 megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.