Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 250 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650
IntroThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB has 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 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 650, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 650 should theoretically be a bit superior to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be much (about 40%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 650 should be a lot (about 43%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.