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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB features a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is 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.

Compare that to the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, which features a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 65/55 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should be a little bit (about 8%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB will be a small bit (approximately 8%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 10400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 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 512MB

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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 512MB GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 October 2008
Code Name G92 G94a/b
Memory 512 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 maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

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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