Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 450 vs Radeon HD 6770
IntroThe GeForce GTS 450 features a core clock frequency of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 902 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6770, which comes with GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 800 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The Radeon HD 6770, in theory, should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTS 450 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6770 should be quite a bit (more or less 44%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 6770 is a small bit (about 15%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTS 450, 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.