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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 340 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 550 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 340 1GB 69 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 36 Watts (52%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be 6% faster than the GeForce GT 340 1GB in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should be much (about 91%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 340 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16000 (91%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is superior to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5200 (118%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB GeForce GT 340 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 February 2010
Code Name G92a/b GT215
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 69 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 96
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 727 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

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GeForce GT 340 1GB

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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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