Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs GeForce GT 430
IntroThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 comes with a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 430, which has GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce GT 430 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should be quite a bit (more or less 57%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 is much (more or less 57%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GT 430, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.