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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The DDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1782 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator 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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should be 9% faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (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 (about 44%) better at 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

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is a lot (approximately 38%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), and also will be able to handle higher 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably 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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