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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB features a GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 650, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

(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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 650 should be 39% quicker than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall, due to its higher data rate. (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 (more or less 1%) more effective at texture filtering 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 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 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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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