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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) has a GPU core speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 970 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, which comes with a clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 70 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 135 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (93%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should be 14% faster than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 62080 MB/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 7680 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) will be quite a bit (approximately 136%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 41600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24000 (136%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) is superior to the GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6000 (136%)

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 8800 GTS (G92)

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 November 2009
Code Name G92 GT215
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1940 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 135 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 62080 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41600 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 96
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 289 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel 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 GTS (G92)

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GeForce GT 240 GDDR5 1GB

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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.

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