Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB
IntroThe GeForce GTX 470 has a GPU core speed of 607 MHz, and the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 837 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is comprised of 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1050 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTX 470 will be 99% faster than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6770 1GB should be just a bit (approximately 6%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)
Pixel RateIf running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is superior to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 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 speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.