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GeForce 8800 Ultra vs GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

Intro

The GeForce 8800 Ultra uses a 90 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 612 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1080 MHz on this card. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, which comes with a core clock speed of 576 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 999 MHz. It also features a 448-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 216 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 Ultra 171 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 31 Watts (18%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is 8% faster than the GeForce 8800 Ultra overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 103680 MB/sec
Difference: 8208 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should be just a bit (more or less 6%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 Ultra. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 39168 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2304 (6%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is superior to the GeForce 8800 Ultra, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 14688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1440 (10%)

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 Ultra

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 Ultra GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2007 September 16, 2008
Code Name G80 G200
Memory 768 MB 896 MB
Core Speed 612 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Speed 2160 MHz 1998 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts 202 watts
Bandwidth 103680 MB/sec 111888 MB/sec
Texel Rate 39168 Mtexels/sec 41472 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14688 Mpixels/sec 16128 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 216
Texture Mapping Units 64 72
Render Output Units 24 28
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 384-bit 448-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 65 nm
Transistors 681 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.1

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of 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 is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 Ultra

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce 8800 Ultra vs GeForce GTX 260 Core 216”
badboy says:

I have both the GTX 260 is better I like the 448 bit vrom the GTX 260

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