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GeForce 8800 GTX vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTX features a GPU clock speed of 575 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Geforce GTX 680, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically, the Geforce GTX 680 should be much faster than the GeForce 8800 GTX overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 should be much (approximately 250%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 (approximately 133%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8800 GTX, and should be capable of handling 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

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

Model GeForce 8800 GTX Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Nov 2006 March 2012
Code Name G80 GK104
Fab Process 90 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 575 MHz 1006 MHz
Shader Speed 1350 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 128 1536
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 155 watts 195 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 86400 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 36800 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 13800 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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