Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 650 vs Radeon HD 6850
IntroThe GeForce GTX 650 has a core clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6850, which features GPU clock speed of 775 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 960 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6850 should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce GTX 650 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6850 will be a bit (more or less 10%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 6850 is quite a bit (about 47%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650, and also will be capable of handling 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's 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 applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.