Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB
IntroThe GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 comes with a clock speed of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1012 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 48 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.
Compare that to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which features GPU clock speed of 783 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 192 Stream Processors, 32 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 GeForce GTS 450 1GB should theoretically be a lot superior to the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTS 450 1GB is quite a bit (about 151%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 1GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card 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 processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.