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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB vs GeForce GTX 950M

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 700 MHz on this specific card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 950M, which features a clock speed of 914 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950M 55 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 105 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (91%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB will be 40% faster than the GeForce GTX 950M in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 44800 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950M 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (40%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M should be just a bit (approximately 9%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 36560 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2960 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 950M is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 14624 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5024 (52%)

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 GT 256MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 256MB GeForce GTX 950M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 March 12 2015
Code Name G92 GM107
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 914 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 55 watts
Bandwidth 44800 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 36560 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 14624 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 640
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 28 nm
Transistors 754 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

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GeForce GTX 950M

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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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