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GeForce 8800 GT 1GB vs GeForce GT 430 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 1GB features core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which has GPU core speed of 700 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 105 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (75%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB should be 100% quicker than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 1GB should be much (about 200%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22400 (200%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 1GB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6800 (243%)

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 GT 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 430 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 1GB GeForce GT 430 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF108
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 700 MHz
Shader Speed 1500 MHz 1400 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1800 MHz
Unified Shaders 112 96
Texture Mapping Units 56 16
Render Output Units 16 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 60 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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