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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 340 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB has a GPU clock speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 Stream Processors, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, which has a clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 850 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 340 1GB 69 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 36 Watts (52%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should theoretically be a little bit better than the GeForce GT 340 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB will be much (about 91%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 340 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16000 (91%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 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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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 512MB GeForce GT 340 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 February 2010
Code Name G92a/b GT215
Memory 512 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 information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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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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