Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon R7 250
IntroThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1026 MHz on this card. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 250, which has a clock speed of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1150 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be much faster than the Radeon R7 250 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be a little bit (more or less 20%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 250. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti is quite a bit (about 170%) better at AA than the Radeon R7 250, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.