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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (62%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be 1% faster than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
Difference: 576 (1%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be a small bit (approximately 17%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 640 DDR3. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4800 (17%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is quite a bit (more or less 50%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4800 (50%)

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.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

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GeForce GT 640 DDR3

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GeForce GT 640 DDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 June 2012
Code Name G92 GK107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3564 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million 1300 million
Bus 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 data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. 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 quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

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GeForce GT 640 DDR3

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3”
Anonymous says:

gt 640 has half the memory bandwith listed here.

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