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GeForce 8500 GT vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT has a core clock frequency of 450 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should in theory be much superior to the GeForce 8500 GT overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should be quite a bit (about 700%) faster with regards to 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

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should be quite a bit (more or less 700%) better at AA than the GeForce 8500 GT, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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