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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB vs GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB features a core clock speed of 513 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 792 MHz. It also makes use of a 320-bit bus, and uses a 90 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 20 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, which comes with a clock speed of 550 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 500 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 50 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 143 Watts
Difference: 93 Watts (186%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB should in theory be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 overall. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 63360 MB/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 47360 (296%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB is quite a bit (about 180%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 24624 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 8800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15824 (180%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB is superior to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, by far. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 10260 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5860 (133%)

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

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB GeForce 9500 GT DDR2
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2007 July 2008
Code Name G80 G96a
Memory 320 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 513 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1584 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 143 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 63360 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24624 Mtexels/sec 8800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10260 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 32
Texture Mapping Units 48 16
Render Output Units 20 8
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR2
Bus Width 320-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 65 nm
Transistors 681 million 314 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0, PCI
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Comments

One Response to “GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB vs GeForce 9500 GT DDR2”
Chris&Rusty says:

I am going to put the 2 in the same rig for a week each and see who is who at seti@home CUDA tasks. I had previously run a 9800 GT. It should be noted I have the PNY 9500 GT, the 8800 GTS is a version made by EVGA as a "eGeForce" not sure but suspect it has nothing to do with the cards abilities.

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