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GeForce 8800 GS vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GS has a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 384 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 48 TAUs, and 12 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6970, which has a core clock speed of 880 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GS 105 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 145 Watts (138%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 6970 should be a lot faster than the GeForce 8800 GS in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GS 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 137600 (358%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 should be much (approximately 220%) better at AF than the GeForce 8800 GS. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GS 26400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 58080 (220%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6970 is superior to the GeForce 8800 GS, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GS 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 21560 (327%)

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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Radeon HD 6970

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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 Radeon HD 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Jan 2008 December 2010
Code Name G92 Cayman XT
Memory 384 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1536
Texture Mapping Units 48 96
Render Output Units 12 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output 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 potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GS

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 6970

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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