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GeForce 8500 GT vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT comes with a clock speed of 450 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which features core speeds of 900 MHz on the GPU, and 1782 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should be 346% faster than the GeForce 8500 GT overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is much (approximately 700%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is superior to the GeForce 8500 GT, by far. (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

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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

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Model GeForce 8500 GT GeForce GT 640 DDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 June 2012
Code Name G86 GK107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3564 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 1800 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 384
Texture Mapping Units 8 32
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 210 million 1300 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI, 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per 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 the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

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

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