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 clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
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 is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 400(80x5) SPUs along with 20 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator 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)
As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 5670 should in theory be a bit superior to the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be a lot (approximately 117%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5670. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be quite a bit (about 55%) more effective at AA than the Radeon HD 5670, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per 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 better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.