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GeForce 8800 Ultra vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce 8800 Ultra uses a 90 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 612 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1080 MHz on this specific model. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1175 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 7000 MHz on this model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
GeForce 8800 Ultra 171 Watts
Difference: 91 Watts (114%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 560 should in theory be a small bit superior to the GeForce 8800 Ultra in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 103680 MB/sec
Difference: 11008 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 should be quite a bit (more or less 92%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8800 Ultra. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 39168 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36032 (92%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is superior to the GeForce 8800 Ultra, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 14688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4112 (28%)

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

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Radeon RX 560

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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 8800 Ultra Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2007 May 2017
Code Name G80 Baffin
Memory 768 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 612 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 2160 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 103680 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 39168 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14688 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 1024
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
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 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 Ultra

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Radeon RX 560

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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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