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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB vs GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB features a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 256 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 700 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, which uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 TAUs and 12 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 84 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 105 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB should theoretically perform a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB overall. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 44800 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB should be much (approximately 27%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7200 (27%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB is superior to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3000 (45%)

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 256MB

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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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 256MB GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 May 2008
Code Name G92 G92
Memory 256 MB 384 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 44800 MB/sec 38400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 96
Texture Mapping Units 56 48
Render Output Units 16 12
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 65 nm
Transistors 754 million 754 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out 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 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant 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.

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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

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GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

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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