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GeForce 8800 Ultra vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 960, which has core clock speeds of 1127 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 960 should in theory be just a bit superior to the GeForce 8800 Ultra in general. (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 (more or less 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 is much (about 146%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 Ultra, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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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GeForce GTX 960

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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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max 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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