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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs Radeon HD 5770

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 970 MHz on this particular model. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5770, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 850 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1200 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5770 108 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 135 Watts
Difference: 27 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 5770 should theoretically be a lot superior to the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 76800 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 62080 MB/sec
Difference: 14720 (24%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) will be quite a bit (more or less 22%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 5770. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 41600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 5770 34000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7600 (22%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5770 is superior to the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5770 13600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (31%)

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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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92)

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5770

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) Radeon HD 5770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Dec 2007 October 13, 2009
Code Name G92 Juniper XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Speed 1940 MHz 4800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 135 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 62080 MB/sec 76800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41600 Mtexels/sec 34000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 13600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 64 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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