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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 4770

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB features a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory 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 those specifications to the Radeon HD 4770, which uses a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 800 MHz on this card. It features 640(128x5) SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4770 80 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (31%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should perform a little bit faster than the Radeon HD 4770 overall. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Radeon HD 4770 51200 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is a lot (approximately 40%) more effective at AF than the Radeon HD 4770. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 4770 24000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9600 (40%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4770 should be a lot (about 25%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 4770 12000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (25%)

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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Radeon HD 4770

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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 Radeon HD 4770
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Oct 2007 Apr 28, 2009
Code Name G92 RV740
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 51200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 640(128x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 826 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high 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 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 maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

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Radeon HD 4770

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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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