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 clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which has a 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 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 theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)
Texel RateBoth cards have exactly the same texel rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at AF. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at AA, 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.