Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 650
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB features a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 650, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 650 should in theory be quite a bit better than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 650 will be a bit (approximately 1%) better at AF than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 650 should be a lot (more or less 76%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number 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 speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.