Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce 9800 GT 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, which uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical BenchmarksBoth cards have the same power consumption.
Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should have the same performance. (explain)
Texel RateBoth cards have the exact same texel fill rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at anisotropic filtering. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at AA, and be able to handle the same screen 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.
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 maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 applied per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. 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 is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.