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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB features a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 700 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 650, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1058 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 105 Watts
Difference: 41 Watts (64%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 650 should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 44800 MB/sec
Difference: 35200 (79%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 should be a little bit (approximately 1%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 256 (1%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 is quite a bit (more or less 76%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7328 (76%)

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 8800 GT 256MB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 8800 GT 256MB GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 September 2012
Code Name G92 GK107
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1058 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 700 MHz (1400 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 112 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 64 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 44800 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

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

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