Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 440 1.5GB
IntroThe GeForce 9800 GT 1GB features a core clock speed of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare that to the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB, which has core speeds of 594 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 144 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should theoretically be much better than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is quite a bit (more or less 136%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is much (approximately 49%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9800 GT 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.
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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.