Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 4670 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 Stream Processors, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4670 1GB, which features GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory set to run at 1100 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is quite a bit (about 40%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4670 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is the winner, 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.
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 megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core 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 applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a 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 clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.