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GeForce 8500 GT vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 450 MHz. The DDR2 RAM runs at a speed of 400 MHz on this specific model. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which features GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 1782 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8500 GT 45 Watts
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (44%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is 346% faster than the GeForce 8500 GT in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 44224 (346%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 will be quite a bit (approximately 700%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 3600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 25200 (700%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is superior to the GeForce 8500 GT, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 1800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12600 (700%)

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 8500 GT

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model GeForce 8500 GT GeForce GT 640 DDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 June 2012
Code Name G86 GK107
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16, PCI, PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 900 MHz
Shader Speed 900 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 400 MHz (800 MHz effective) 1782 MHz (3564 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 16 384
Texture Mapping Units 8 32
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 65 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 1800 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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