Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 480 vs GeForce GTX 650
IntroThe GeForce GTX 480 features a GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 924 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is made up of 480 Stream Processors, 60 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.
Compare that to the GeForce GTX 650, which features GPU core speed of 1058 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 480 will be 122% quicker than the GeForce GTX 650 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 480 will be a lot (approximately 24%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is superior to the GeForce GTX 650, by a large margin. (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.
Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.