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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 set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which has 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 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should perform 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 will be a bit (about 17%) faster with regards to 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 screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

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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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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