Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 260
IntroThe GeForce GTS 450 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 783 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 902 MHz on this particular model. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare that to the GeForce GTX 260, which comes with clock speeds of 576 MHz on the GPU, and 999 MHz on the 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 192 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 260 should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce GTS 450 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 260 is quite a bit (approximately 47%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 260 is much (about 29%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing 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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.