Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 4670 1GB vs Radeon HD 7790
IntroThe Radeon HD 4670 1GB comes with a GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory is set to run at 1100 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7790, which features GPU core speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 7790 should be 173% quicker than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 7790 will be quite a bit (more or less 133%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7790 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.