Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 5870
IntroThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 5870, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1200 MHz on this model. It features 1600(320x5) SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the Radeon HD 5870 should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 5870 should be a lot (about 29%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 5870 will be just a bit (about 3%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the 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 - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.