Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, which comes with core clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 1100 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be a lot faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be a lot (more or less 40%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is quite a bit (more or less 60%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, and should be able to handle 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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.