Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specs to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which has a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical BenchmarksBoth cards have the same power consumption.
Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)
Texel RateBoth cards have exactly the same texel rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at anisotropic filtering. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have exactly the same pixel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at full screen 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.