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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 340

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB comes with core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 340, which has a clock frequency of 550 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB should theoretically be just a bit superior to the GeForce GT 340 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is quite a bit (about 91%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 340. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 1GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 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 1GB

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GeForce GT 340

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GT 1GB GeForce GT 340
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2008 February 2010
Code Name G92a/b GT215
Memory 1024 MB 512 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GT 1GB

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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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