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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB features core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1650 MHz on this specific model. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Radeon RX 470 4GB 120 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon RX 470 4GB should perform much faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 153600 (267%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 4GB should be much (approximately 253%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 84928 (253%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 4GB is much (approximately 209%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 29632 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20032 (209%)

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

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

Radeon RX 470 4GB

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 512MB Radeon RX 470 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Oct 2007 August 2016
Code Name G92 Polaris 10
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 2048
Texture Mapping Units 56 128
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 14 nm
Transistors 754 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR 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 AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

Radeon RX 470 4GB

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