Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 460 1GB vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti
IntroThe GeForce GTX 460 1GB has a GPU core clock speed of 675 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 336 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which has a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1026 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GTX 460 1GB should in theory be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 460 1GB is quite a bit (more or less 31%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have exactly the same pixel rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at FSAA, and be capable of handling the same resolutions. (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 largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. 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, 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 number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.