Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti vs Radeon HD 5770
IntroThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 822 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1002 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare that to the Radeon HD 5770, which features a clock speed of 850 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1200 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti should perform much faster than the Radeon HD 5770 in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti is quite a bit (approximately 55%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 560 Ti will be much (about 93%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 5770, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied 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 worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.