Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 650
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses 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 comes with a clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 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)
The GeForce GTX 650, in theory, should be a lot faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 650 will be just a bit (approximately 1%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is superior to the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, by far. (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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.