Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 5670
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB has a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5670, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 775 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 400(80x5) SPUs as well as 20 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5670 is 11% quicker than the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB should be quite a bit (approximately 117%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 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.
Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.
Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.