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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB vs GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB comes with core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 700 MHz on the 256 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and 384 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 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, in theory, should be a bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB in general. (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 is much (approximately 27%) better at AF 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

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB is a lot (more or less 45%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

Amazon.com

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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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