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GeForce 8800 GS vs GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GS makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 800 MHz on this particular model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB, which makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 700 MHz on this particular card. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB should theoretically perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GS overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB should be a lot (approximately 27%) better at AF than the GeForce 8800 GS. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GS 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 GS

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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

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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 GS GeForce 8800 GT 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Jan 2008 Dec 2007
Code Name G92 G92
Memory 384 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 105 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 44800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 112
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 12 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 256-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 maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GS

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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

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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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