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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB comes with a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 256 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 700 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 112 Stream Processors, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5830, which has a clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 105 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 5830 should be 186% quicker than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 44800 MB/sec
Difference: 83200 (186%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 will be a lot (more or less 33%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11200 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3200 (33%)

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 256MB

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Radeon HD 5830

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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 GT 256MB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Dec 2007 February 25, 2010
Code Name G92 Cypress LE
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 44800 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 56 56
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 2154 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 5830

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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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