Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
Compare that to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Far Cry 2
Tom Clancy's Endwar
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB wins
(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)
When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB wins overall, by 8 FPS. Please note that we do not have the results of every benchmark ever done for these cards, so the results may differ wildly in different games.
Power Usage and Theoretical BenchmarksBoth cards have the same power consumption.
Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)
Texel RateBoth cards have exactly the same texel fill rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at anisotropic filtering. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, and be capable of handling the same resolutions. (explain)
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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Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.