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GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) vs GeForce GTX 660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) has core speeds of 450 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 128 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 8 SPUs as well as 4 TAUs and 2 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this specific card. It features 1344 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 40 Watts
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 150 Watts
Difference: 110 Watts (275%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should in theory be a lot better than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 144000 MB/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 137600 (2150%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 660 Ti should be much (approximately 5593%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 102480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 1800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 100680 (5593%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is superior to the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM), and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 660 Ti 21960 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 900 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 21060 (2340%)

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 8300 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

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 8300 GS (OEM) GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2007 August 2012
Code Name G86 GK104
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Bus PCI Express x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 128 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 915 MHz
Shader Speed 900 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 400 MHz (800 MHz effective) 1500 MHz (6000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 8 1344
Texture Mapping Units 4 112
Render Output Units 2 24
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 192-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 150 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 144000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 1800 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 900 Mpixels/sec 21960 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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