Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 650 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870
IntroThe GeForce GTX 650 Ti comes with a core clock frequency of 928 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1350 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 768 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6870, which comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1120 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the Radeon HD 6870 will be 56% faster than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 650 Ti will be a bit (approximately 18%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 6870. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 6870 will be quite a bit (about 94%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. 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 card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.