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GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 1GB comes with a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1096 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (62%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 960M should theoretically be just a bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M is quite a bit (about 30%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10240 (30%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M is much (more or less 83%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7936 (83%)

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 1GB

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GeForce GTX 960M

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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 GT 1GB GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 March 12 2015
Code Name G92 GM107
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 640
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 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 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 video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 1GB

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GeForce GTX 960M

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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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