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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB vs Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB uses a 90 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 513 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 792 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 20 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 480 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 50 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 143 Watts
Difference: 93 Watts (186%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 63360 MB/sec
Difference: 640 (1%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB should be a lot (about 58%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 24624 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 15600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9024 (58%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 10260 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5060 (97%)

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.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB Radeon HD 6570 (OEM) 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2007 February 2011
Code Name G80 Turks
Memory 320 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 513 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1584 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 143 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 63360 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24624 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10260 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 480
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 20 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 40 nm
Transistors 681 million 715 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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