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GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 1GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, which has clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 90 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 1GB should be just a bit (more or less 8%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 31200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (8%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 800 (8%)

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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 8800 GT 1GB

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 1GB GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 October 2008
Code Name G92 G94a/b
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 90 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 31200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 10400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 96
Texture Mapping Units 56 48
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 754 million 505 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher 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 can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

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GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

Amazon.com

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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.

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