Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB
IntroThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs 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 that to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which has a GPU core clock speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 800 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe Radeon HD 6770 1GB is much (approximately 25%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 550 Ti. (explain)
Pixel RateThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti should be a lot (approximately 50%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 a second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.