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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 1030, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1265 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (250%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, in theory, should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GT 1030 overall. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 8448 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 should be just a bit (more or less 20%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6880 (20%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10640 (111%)

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

GeForce GT 1030

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 GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 May 2017
Code Name G92 GP108-300
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1265 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 49152 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 40480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 20240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 16 nm
Transistors 754 million 3300 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 megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 1030

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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