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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 780 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which comes with core speeds of 875 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2880 SPUs along with 240 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
GeForce GTX 780 Ti 250 Watts
Difference: 145 Watts (138%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is 483% faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 780 Ti 336000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 278400 (483%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti should be quite a bit (approximately 525%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 780 Ti 210000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 176400 (525%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti should be much (more or less 338%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 780 Ti 42000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 32400 (338%)

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 780 Ti

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 780 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 November 2013
Code Name G92 GK110
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 875 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1750 MHz (7000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 112 2880
Texture Mapping Units 56 240
Render Output Units 16 48
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.4
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 250 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 336000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 210000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 42000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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