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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 780 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 875 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 2880 SPUs as well as 240 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti should in theory be quite a bit better than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB in general. (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 will be a lot (about 525%) more effective at AF 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the winner, by a large margin. (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

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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

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GeForce GTX 780 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 November 2013
Code Name G92 GK110
Memory 512 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 875 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 336000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 210000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 42000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 2880
Texture Mapping Units 56 240
Render Output Units 16 48
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million 7080 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.4

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video 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 colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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