Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Radeon HD 4670 512MB
IntroThe GeForce GTX 285 1GB comes with core clock speeds of 648 MHz on the GPU, and 1242 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4670 512MB, which comes with GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTX 285 1GB should be much faster than the Radeon HD 4670 512MB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 285 1GB should be a lot (more or less 116%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4670 512MB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 285 1GB is the winner, by a large margin. (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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.