Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6870
IntroThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti features a clock speed of 900 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1026 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6870, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1050 MHz on this card. It features 1120 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6870 should be much faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6870 will be much (about 75%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateThe Radeon HD 6870 should be much (more or less 33%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.