Compare any two graphics cards:
Radeon HD 4890 1GB vs Radeon HD 6850
IntroThe Radeon HD 4890 1GB makes use of a 55 nm design. ATi has set the core speed at 1000 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 975 MHz on this particular model. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6850, which features GPU core speed of 775 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 960 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 6850, in theory, should perform a bit faster than the Radeon HD 4890 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 4890 1GB will be a bit (approximately 8%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6850. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.