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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB comes with a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 650, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this particular model. 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 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 41 Watts (64%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 650 should theoretically be quite a bit better than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (39%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 is a small bit (about 1%) better at AF than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 256 (1%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 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 512MB

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

Model GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 September 2012
Code Name G92 GK107
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1058 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 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 57600 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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are 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 higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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