Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 240 GDDR5
IntroThe GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 comes with a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 800 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.
Compare that to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, which has clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 will be 113% faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 is quite a bit (about 100%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have exactly the same pixel rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at AA, and be capable of handling the same screen 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total 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 one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant 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 max fill rate.