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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon RX 460 2GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1090 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 896 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 75 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (40%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 460 2GB should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 112000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 54400 (94%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 2GB will be much (more or less 82%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 61040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27440 (82%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 2GB is much (about 82%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 2GB 17440 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7840 (82%)

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 460 2GB

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 460 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Oct 2007 August 2016
Code Name G92 Polaris 11
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 896
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 14 nm
Transistors 754 million 3000 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 information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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