Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce GT 430 (OEM)
IntroThe GeForce 8400 GS 512MB has a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM runs at 400 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.
Compare all that to the GeForce GT 430 (OEM), which has a clock frequency of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GT 430 (OEM) should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 430 (OEM) will be much (more or less 115%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GT 430 (OEM) is a small bit (about 8%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB, and capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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.
Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus 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 higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 ability to get to the max fill rate.