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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

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

Compare that to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1650 MHz on this particular card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 470 4GB should in theory be much better 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 will be quite a bit (approximately 253%) more effective at AF 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 a lot (about 209%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and also able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 470 4GB

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 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 within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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