Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 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 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. 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)
Performance-wise, the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB should in theory be much better than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB will be a lot (more or less 200%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB is quite a bit (approximately 243%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and capable of handling higher screen 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.
Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill 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.