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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB has a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 256 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 700 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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

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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

The GeForce GTX 650 should theoretically be 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 is a small bit (about 1%) better at AF 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 will be quite a bit (more or less 76%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

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 8800 GT 256MB GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 September 2012
Code Name G92 GK107
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 64 watts
Bandwidth 44800 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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