Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 460
IntroThe GeForce GTS 450 comes with a GPU clock speed of 783 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 460, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 460 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 450 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 460 is a lot (about 51%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 460 is much (more or less 29%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTS 450, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR 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 by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount 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 many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.