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 memory bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
Compare that to the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 594 MHz, and 1536 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 144 Stream Processors, 24 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be 33% faster than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be a lot (approximately 136%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is superior to the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, and very much so. (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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.