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GeForce 920M vs GeForce GTX 1080

Intro

The GeForce 920M uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 954 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 1080, which uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1607 MHz. The GDDR5X RAM runs at a frequency of 1251 MHz on this specific card. It features 2560 SPUs as well as 160 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1080 is 2176% faster than the GeForce 920M in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 327680 MB/sec
GeForce 920M 14400 MB/sec
Difference: 313280 (2176%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 will be a lot (more or less 742%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 920M. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 257120 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 920M 30528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 226592 (742%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1080 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 102848 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 920M 7632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 95216 (1248%)

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 920M

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 1080

Amazon.com

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 920M GeForce GTX 1080
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 12 2015 May 2016
Code Name GK208 GP104-400
Memory 2048 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 954 MHz 1607 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 10008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 14400 MB/sec 327680 MB/sec
Texel Rate 30528 Mtexels/sec 257120 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 7632 Mpixels/sec 102848 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 2560
Texture Mapping Units 32 160
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5X
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 16 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 7200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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