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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) comes with a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 970 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 1782 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

(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 be a 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) will be much (approximately 44%) faster with regards to AF 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is the winner, by a large margin. (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 max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip 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 Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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