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GeForce 8800 GS vs GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GS features a core clock speed of 550 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 800 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB, which comes with a core clock speed of 594 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 144 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 56 Watts
GeForce 8800 GS 105 Watts
Difference: 49 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB should be a bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GS in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 43200 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GS 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GS should be a lot (about 85%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GS 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12144 (85%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is superior to the GeForce 8800 GS, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GS 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7656 (116%)

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 GS

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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

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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 8800 GS GeForce GT 440 1.5GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Jan 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF106
Memory 384 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 594 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 56 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 43200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 14256 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 14256 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 144
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 12 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GS

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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

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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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