Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs Radeon HD 5770
IntroThe GeForce GTX 460 1GB uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 336 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 5770, which comes with clock speeds of 850 MHz on the GPU, and 1200 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 800(160x5) SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GTX 460 1GB, in theory, should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 5770 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 460 1GB should be a small bit (approximately 11%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 1GB is the winner, and very much so. (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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.