Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 240 GDDR5
IntroThe GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 has a GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 32 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5, which features a core clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.
(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
The GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 will be quite a bit (more or less 100%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 9500 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at anti-aliasing, and be able to handle 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.