Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTS 450 vs GeForce GTX 550 Ti
IntroThe GeForce GTS 450 has a GPU clock speed of 783 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 902 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Compare that to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, which comes with GPU clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 192 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GTX 550 Ti should in theory perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTS 450 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be a little bit (about 15%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti is quite a bit (approximately 72%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTS 450, and should be capable of handling higher 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out 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 video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.