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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB vs Radeon HD 4650 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB features core clock speeds of 513 MHz on the GPU, and 792 MHz on the 640 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 20 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4650 1GB, which uses a 55 nm design. ATi has set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 700 MHz on this specific card. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB should be 183% quicker than the Radeon HD 4650 1GB in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB should be a lot (about 28%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 4650 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 640MB 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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.