Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which features GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.
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 exactly the same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)
Texel RateBoth cards have the exact same texel fill rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at anisotropic filtering. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have the exact same pixel rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at FSAA, and be able to handle 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.
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.
Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.