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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has a core clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 65 nm design. It is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, which features GPU clock speed of 738 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory set to run at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 128 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB should in theory be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB is quite a bit (about 41%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13632 (41%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2208 (23%)

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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GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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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 GTS 250 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 March 3, 2009
Code Name G92 G92a/b
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 738 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 47232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 11808 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 128
Texture Mapping Units 56 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 754 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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 GTS 250 1GB

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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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