Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB features core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which comes with a clock frequency of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB should be a lot faster than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB is quite a bit (about 200%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB is superior to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, by far. (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 information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.