Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon R7 250
IntroThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 has a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 250, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1150 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 Stream Processors, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the Radeon R7 250 should be 35% faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon R7 250 will be quite a bit (approximately 36%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250 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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed 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 this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.