Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon HD 5570
IntroThe GeForce 8600 GTS comes with core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5570, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 400(80x5) SPUs along with 20 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce 8600 GTS should theoretically be a bit superior to the Radeon HD 5570 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 5570 should be a small bit (about 20%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 8600 GTS is superior to the Radeon HD 5570, but only just. (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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. 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 AA, HDR and high 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 number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on 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 ability to get to the maximum fill rate.