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


Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB comes with core clock speeds of 513 MHz on the GPU, and 792 MHz on the 320 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 20 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2, which uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 memory is set to run at a speed of 500 MHz on this particular model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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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

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB should theoretically perform a lot faster than 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 should be a lot (about 180%) better at anisotropic filtering 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB is the winner, by a large margin. (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

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB

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GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

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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 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB

Amazon.com

GeForce 9500 GT DDR2

Amazon.com

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.

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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