Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon HD 5450
IntroThe GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 has a clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 55 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 5450, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a frequency of 800 MHz on this model. It features 80(16x5) SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
As far as performance goes, the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 should in theory be much superior to the Radeon HD 5450 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 is a lot (about 69%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 5450. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 is a better choice, 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.