Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 450 vs Radeon HD 6770
IntroThe GeForce GTS 450 has a core clock frequency of 783 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 902 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6770, which comes with GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 6770 should in theory be a small bit better than the GeForce GTS 450 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6770 will be much (more or less 44%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 6770 is a small bit (more or less 15%) better at AA than the GeForce GTS 450, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to 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 potential to reach the max fill rate.