Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 vs GeForce GT 210
IntroThe GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 features a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 500 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
Compare all that to the GeForce GT 210, which has a GPU core clock speed of 589 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 RAM running at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 210 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is much (more or less 87%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 is superior to the GeForce GT 210, 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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's 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 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.