Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce 9800 GT 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, which features clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical BenchmarksBoth cards have the same power consumption.
Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)
Texel RateBoth cards have the exact same texel fill rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at AF. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have exactly the same pixel fill rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at anti-aliasing, and be capable of handling the same resolutions. (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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount 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 per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.