Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 7870
IntroThe GeForce GTX 650 Ti has a GPU clock speed of 928 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM 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 those specifications to the Radeon HD 7870, which has GPU core speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1200 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7870 is 78% quicker than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 7870 is much (approximately 35%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 7870 will be a lot (more or less 116%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and should be able to handle 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum 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 better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.