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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 970 MHz on this specific card. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which comes with a clock frequency of 900 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 1782 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 135 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should in theory perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 62080 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 5056 (9%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) will be a lot (more or less 44%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 41600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12800 (44%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 will be much (about 38%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), and capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4000 (38%)

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 GTS (G92)

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GeForce GT 640 DDR3

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Specifications

Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) GeForce GT 640 DDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 June 2012
Code Name G92 GK107
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 1625 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 970 MHz (1940 MHz effective) 1782 MHz (3564 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 128 384
Texture Mapping Units 64 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) 135 watts 65 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 62080 MB/sec 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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