Compare any two graphics cards:
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
IntroThe GeForce 8800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.
Compare that to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which comes with core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Far Cry 2
Mass Effect 2
Supreme Commander 2
Tom Clancy's Endwar
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB wins
(Based entirely on the benchmarks listed above)
When combining all game benchmark scores on this page together, the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB wins overall, by 16 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 bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)
Texel RateBoth cards have exactly the same texel fill rate, so in theory they should perform equally good at at anisotropic filtering. (explain)
Pixel RateBoth cards have exactly the same pixel rate, so theoretically they should be equally good at at anti-aliasing, and be able to handle the same screen 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 maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card 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 number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.