Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce GTX 550 Ti vs Radeon HD 4850 512MB
IntroThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti comes with a GPU 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 features 192 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.
Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 993 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 550 Ti should perform a lot faster than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB in general. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 550 Ti will be just a bit (approximately 15%) better at AF than the Radeon HD 4850 512MB. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 550 Ti is superior to the Radeon HD 4850 512MB, by a large margin. (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 (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.