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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB vs GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 256 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 700 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, which makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 800 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 12 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 84 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 105 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB should theoretically be a little bit faster than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB in general. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 44800 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB should be much (about 27%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 7200 (27%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB is much (about 45%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB 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 1.5GB

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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 1.5GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 May 2008
Code Name G92 G92
Memory 256 MB 1536 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 (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

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GeForce 9600 GSO 1.5GB

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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