Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 vs Radeon HD 4670 512MB
IntroThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 850 MHz on this particular model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4670 512MB, which has GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320(64x5) SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Mass Effect 2
Supreme Commander 2
Radeon HD 4670 512MB wins
(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)
When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the Radeon HD 4670 512MB wins overall, by 9 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.
Power Usage and Theoretical BenchmarksBoth cards have the same power consumption.
As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should theoretically be a lot superior to the Radeon HD 4670 512MB overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 4670 512MB is a lot (more or less 36%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 4670 512MB is a better choice, by far. (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.
Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.