Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon HD 5450
IntroThe GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 uses a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 800 MHz on this model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 5450, which comes with core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 80(16x5) SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 will be 100% faster than the Radeon HD 5450 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 is quite a bit (more or less 69%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5450. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 is superior to the Radeon HD 5450, by far. (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 transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the 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 core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.