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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB comes with a clock frequency of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, which has clock speeds of 1392 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 768 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (40%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should in theory be quite a bit better than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 28416 (49%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be much (approximately 99%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 33216 (99%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 23808 (248%)

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 9800 GT 512MB

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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 9800 GT 512MB GeForce GTX 1050 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 May 2018
Code Name G92a/b GP107
Memory 512 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1392 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 86016 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 66816 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 33408 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 768
Texture Mapping Units 56 48
Render Output Units 16 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 96-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 14 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 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. 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 fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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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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