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GeForce 8800 GTX vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTX has a clock frequency of 575 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 384-bit bus, and uses a 90 nm design. It features 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Geforce GTX 680, which comes with a core clock speed of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GTX 155 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (26%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Geforce GTX 680 is 123% quicker than the GeForce 8800 GTX in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GTX 86400 MB/sec
Difference: 105856 (123%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be a lot (approximately 250%) better at AF than the GeForce 8800 GTX. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTX 36800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 91968 (250%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be much (about 133%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GTX, and will be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTX 13800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18392 (133%)

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 GTX

Amazon.com

Geforce GTX 680

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTX Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Nov 2006 March 2012
Code Name G80 GK104
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 575 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 155 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36800 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13800 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 1536
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 28 nm
Transistors 681 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core 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 also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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