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GeForce 8800 Ultra vs GeForce GTX 950

Intro

The GeForce 8800 Ultra features clock speeds of 612 MHz on the GPU, and 1080 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 950, which comes with core clock speeds of 1024 MHz on the GPU, and 1652 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950 90 Watts
GeForce 8800 Ultra 171 Watts
Difference: 81 Watts (90%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 950 should be 2% quicker than the GeForce 8800 Ultra in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 105728 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 103680 MB/sec
Difference: 2048 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950 should be quite a bit (more or less 25%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 Ultra. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 49152 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 39168 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9984 (25%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 950 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 32768 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 14688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18080 (123%)

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 950

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 Ultra GeForce GTX 950
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2007 August 2015
Code Name G80 GM206
Memory 768 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 612 MHz 1024 MHz
Memory Speed 2160 MHz 6608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts 90 watts
Bandwidth 103680 MB/sec 105728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 39168 Mtexels/sec 49152 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14688 Mpixels/sec 32768 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 768
Texture Mapping Units 64 48
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 information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should 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 AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out 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 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 the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially 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 Ultra

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GeForce GTX 950

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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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