Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7870
IntroThe GeForce GTX 650 Ti features a GPU core speed of 928 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1350 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 768 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7870, which comes with a clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7870 will be 78% quicker than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 7870 should be much (about 35%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7870 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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure 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 card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.