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GeForce 9800 GTX vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GTX features a clock speed of 675 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1100 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 650, which has GPU clock speed of 1058 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX 140 Watts
Difference: 76 Watts (119%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 650 should be just a bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GTX overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX 70400 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX is quite a bit (about 28%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 650. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX 43200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9344 (28%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GTX 10800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6128 (57%)

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 9800 GTX

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

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 9800 GTX GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2008 September 2012
Code Name G92 GK107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 2200 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 140 watts 64 watts
Bandwidth 70400 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43200 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10800 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 384
Texture Mapping Units 64 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
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 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 rate also depends on lots of 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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