Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 240 GDDR5
IntroThe GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 has clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare that to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 850 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should in theory perform much faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should be quite a bit (about 100%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have exactly the same pixel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, 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.
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Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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 AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure 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 the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.