Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs Radeon HD 5870
IntroThe GeForce GTX 460 1GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5870, which has a core clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1600(320x5) SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Mass Effect 2
Supreme Commander 2
Radeon HD 5870 wins
(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)
When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the Radeon HD 5870 wins overall, by 119 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 5870 will be 33% faster than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 5870 is a lot (more or less 80%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 5870 will be quite a bit (approximately 26%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 460 1GB, and also will be able to handle higher screen 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 max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one 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 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 maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of 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 also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.