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GeForce 8800 Ultra vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce 8800 Ultra comes with a clock speed of 612 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1080 MHz. It also uses a 384-bit bus, and makes use of a 90 nm design. It is made up of 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 960, which features a core clock speed of 1127 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
GeForce 8800 Ultra 171 Watts
Difference: 51 Watts (43%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 960 should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 8800 Ultra overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 103680 MB/sec
Difference: 8320 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 should be much (about 84%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 Ultra. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 39168 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32960 (84%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 will be a lot (approximately 146%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 8800 Ultra, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 14688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 21376 (146%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 Ultra GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2007 January 2015
Code Name G80 GM206
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 612 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 2160 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 103680 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 39168 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14688 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 1024
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 28 nm
Transistors 681 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of 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 Ultra

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GeForce GTX 960

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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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