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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 780 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which features a clock frequency of 875 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 384-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2880 SPUs, 240 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

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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

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti should theoretically perform much faster 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 is a lot (approximately 525%) faster with regards to 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is the winner, and very much so. (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

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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 max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a 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 - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of 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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