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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB features a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 256 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 700 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 650, which comes with core speeds of 1058 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 650 should be 79% faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 is just a bit (approximately 1%) faster with regards to 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 much (approximately 76%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB, and also 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 max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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