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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB vs Radeon R7 250X 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB has a GPU core clock speed of 513 MHz, and the 320 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 792 MHz through a 320-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 20 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 250X 2GB, which features a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1125 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 95 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 143 Watts
Difference: 48 Watts (51%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R7 250X 2GB should in theory be just a bit better than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 63360 MB/sec
Difference: 8640 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 250X 2GB should be quite a bit (about 62%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 40000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 24624 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15376 (62%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 250X 2GB is superior to the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 250X 2GB 16000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 10260 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5740 (56%)

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 GTS (G80) 320MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB Radeon R7 250X 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2007 February 2014
Code Name G80 Cape Verde XT
Memory 320 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 513 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 1584 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 143 watts 95 watts
Bandwidth 63360 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24624 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10260 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 48 40
Render Output Units 20 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 28 nm
Transistors 681 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB

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Radeon R7 250X 2GB

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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.

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