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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) vs GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) features a GPU core clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 970 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 128 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB, which features a core clock speed of 600 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 65/55 nm design. It features 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 135 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (29%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 62080 MB/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 4480 (8%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) will be quite a bit (about 24%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 41600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8000 (24%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G92) 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 800 (8%)

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 GTS (G92)

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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 GT 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 July 2008
Code Name G92 G92a/b
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1940 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 135 watts 105 watts
Bandwidth 62080 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 41600 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 112
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65/55 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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel 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 potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G92)

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

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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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