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What exactly does the Shader clock on a video card do?

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Pardon the nature of this n00b-like question, but I've never understood what the shader clock is for, on graphics cards. Core/Memory I understand. Shader clock, I do not. The shader clock determines how fast... what?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shader

This may help.
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