Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce GT 430 (OEM)
IntroThe GeForce 8400 GS 512MB comes with core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 16 SPUs as well as 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 430 (OEM), which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GT 430 (OEM) should in theory be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 430 (OEM) should be quite a bit (more or less 115%) better at AF than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GT 430 (OEM) should be a little bit (about 8%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB, and capable of handling higher 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 maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core 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 quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.