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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 clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 970 MHz on this model. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1782 MHz on this particular model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 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 8800 GTS (G92) 135 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should theoretically perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 overall. (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) is a lot (more or less 44%) better at anisotropic 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 should be a lot (about 38%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), and able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92)

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) GeForce GT 640 DDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 June 2012
Code Name G92 GK107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1940 MHz 3564 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 135 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 62080 MB/sec 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 384
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied 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 card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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