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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 970

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB comes with a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 970, which has a clock frequency of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1664 SPUs, 104 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 970 will be 289% faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 166400 (289%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 will be quite a bit (approximately 225%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 75600 (225%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 will be much (more or less 600%) better at AA than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 57600 (600%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GeForce GTX 970
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 September 2014
Code Name G92 GM204-200
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 224000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 109200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 1664
Texture Mapping Units 56 104
Render Output Units 16 64
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million 5200 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

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GeForce GTX 970

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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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