Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 1GB has clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Compare all of that to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which comes with GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 SPUs, 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 memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)
Texel RateBoth cards have exactly the same texel fill rate, so theoretically they should perform equally good at at AF. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have the exact same pixel rate, so in theory 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.
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 (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.
Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.