Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 430
IntroThe GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 features a GPU core speed of 625 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 1012 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 48 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 430, which features core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 should in theory be just a bit superior to the GeForce GT 430 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 430 will be a little bit (more or less 12%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 is superior to the GeForce GT 430, by a large margin. (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 largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.