Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB features a clock speed of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1100 MHz on this specific card. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 ROPs.
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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should in theory be much superior to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be much (about 40%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is the winner, by far. (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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.