Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6850
IntroThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1026 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 192 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6850, which comes with core speeds of 775 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 960 SPUs as well as 48 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 6850 should be 30% faster than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6850 will be quite a bit (more or less 29%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6850 is superior to the GeForce GTX 550 Ti, not by a very large margin though. (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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.