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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 970

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB features a GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 970, which features a core clock speed of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1664 SPUs, 104 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 970 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 is a lot (about 225%) faster with regards to AF 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 (approximately 600%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum 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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