Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specifications 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 along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should theoretically perform much faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is quite a bit (more or less 40%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB will be a lot (more or less 60%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.