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GeForce 9800 GX2 vs GeForce GT 340

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GX2 comes with core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 340, which has GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 850 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 340 69 Watts
GeForce 9800 GX2 197 Watts
Difference: 128 Watts (186%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9800 GX2 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce GT 340 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 340 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 73600 (135%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GX2 should be a lot (about 336%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 340. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 76800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 59200 (336%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GX2 is superior to the GeForce GT 340, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 19200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14800 (336%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 9800 GX2

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GeForce GT 340

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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 GX2 GeForce GT 340
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Mar 2008 February 2010
Code Name G92 GT215
Memory 512 MB (x2) 512 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz (x2) 550 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz (x2) 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 197 watts 69 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 76800 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19200 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 (x2) 96
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 32
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 128-bit
Fab Process 65 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video 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 amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of 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 9800 GX2

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GeForce GT 340

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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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