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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB has a core clock speed of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which comes with core speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1782 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (62%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 576 (1%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is a bit (approximately 17%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4800 (17%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4800 (50%)

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 9800 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 640 DDR3

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 9800 GT 1GB GeForce GT 640 DDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 June 2012
Code Name G92a/b GK107
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3564 MHz
Unified Shaders 112 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 65 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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