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GeForce 8800 Ultra vs Radeon RX 460


Intro

The GeForce 8800 Ultra comes with a GPU clock speed of 612 MHz, and the 768 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 1080 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 460, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1090 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 896 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 460 75 Watts
GeForce 8800 Ultra 171 Watts
Difference: 96 Watts (128%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 460 should theoretically be just a bit better than the GeForce 8800 Ultra overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 112000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 103680 MB/sec
Difference: 8320 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 460 is a lot (approximately 56%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 Ultra. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 61040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 39168 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21872 (56%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 460 is the winner, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 460 17440 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 14688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2752 (19%)

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 Ultra

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 460

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 Ultra Radeon RX 460
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2007 August 2016
Code Name G80 Polaris 11
Memory 768 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 612 MHz 1090 MHz
Memory Speed 2160 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 103680 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 39168 Mtexels/sec 61040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14688 Mpixels/sec 17440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 896
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 14 nm
Transistors 681 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe x16 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 largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 Ultra

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 460

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.

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