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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1096 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (62%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 960M should theoretically be a bit better than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M is a lot (about 30%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10240 (30%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M should be much (approximately 83%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 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 512MB

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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 512MB GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 March 12 2015
Code Name G92 GM107
Memory 512 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. 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 memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

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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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