Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB vs Radeon RX 470 4GB
IntroThe GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB has a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 12 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which features clock speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 470 4GB should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon RX 470 4GB is a lot (more or less 349%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon RX 470 4GB will be quite a bit (more or less 349%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out 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 card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.