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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon RX 460 2GB


Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB comes with a clock speed of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 460 2GB, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1090 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 896 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

In theory, the Radeon RX 460 2GB should be much faster than 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 should be a lot (approximately 82%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 a lot (approximately 82%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

Radeon RX 460 2GB

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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's 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 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number 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 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

Radeon RX 460 2GB

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