Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce GTX 650
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 970 MHz on this card. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Compare that to the GeForce GTX 650, which comes with core speeds of 1058 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GTX 650, in theory, should be much faster than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) will be a lot (more or less 23%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is superior to the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 can be processed in one second. This 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 per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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 of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.