Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650
IntroThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 738 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 650, which has a clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTX 650 is 14% quicker than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be quite a bit (approximately 40%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is the winner, and very much so. (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 (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a 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 - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.