Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs Radeon R7 360
IntroThe GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 features a GPU core speed of 540 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 700 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 360, which features core clock speeds of 1050 MHz on the GPU, and 1625 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon R7 360 should in theory be much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon R7 360 will be a lot (approximately 483%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 360 is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3, 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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.