Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 9600 GT 1GB has a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 64 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
Compare all that to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs along with 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 9600 GT 1GB should theoretically be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is quite a bit (about 86%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a lot (about 271%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and also should be able to handle higher screen 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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.