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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 860M

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 860M, which features a core clock frequency of 797 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1152 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 860M 45 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (133%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 860M should theoretically perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be a lot (more or less 128%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 76512 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 42912 (128%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 860M is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 12752 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3152 (33%)

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 9800 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 9800 GT 512MB GeForce GTX 860M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 March 12 2014
Code Name G92a/b GM107
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 797 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 45 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 76512 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 12752 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 1152
Texture Mapping Units 56 96
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number 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 graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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GeForce GTX 860M

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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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