Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 5670
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 5670, which features GPU core speed of 775 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 400(80x5) Stream Processors, 20 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Mass Effect 2
Supreme Commander 2
Radeon HD 5670 wins
(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)
When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the Radeon HD 5670 wins overall, by 7 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 5670, in theory, should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be much (more or less 117%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is the winner, by far. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.