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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 900 MHz. The DDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1782 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units 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

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should in theory perform a small 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 will be just a bit (approximately 17%) faster with regards to AF 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is the winner, by far. (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
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3564 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million 1300 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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