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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce 9800 GTX+

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) features core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 970 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce 9800 GTX+, which makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 1100 MHz on this particular card. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 135 Watts
GeForce 9800 GTX+ 145 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ should be 13% quicker than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 70400 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 62080 MB/sec
Difference: 8320 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GTX+ will be a bit (about 14%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92). (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 41600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5632 (14%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GTX+ is superior to the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92), though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 11808 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 10400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1408 (14%)

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.

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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 GTS (G92) GeForce 9800 GTX+
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 July 2008
Code Name G92 G92b
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 738 MHz
Memory Speed 1940 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 135 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 62080 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41600 Mtexels/sec 47232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 11808 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 128
Texture Mapping Units 64 64
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 55 nm
Transistors 754 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video 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 number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92)

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GeForce 9800 GTX+

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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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