Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 285 1GB vs Radeon HD 6850
IntroThe GeForce GTX 285 1GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 648 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 1242 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also features 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6850, which features core speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 285 1GB should in theory be a lot better than the Radeon HD 6850 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 285 1GB should be much (approximately 39%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 6850 should be a little bit (more or less 20%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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 transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.