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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTS 450

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTS 450, which has core clock speeds of 783 MHz on the GPU, and 902 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
GeForce GTS 450 106 Watts
Difference: 1 Watts (1%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTS 450 should in theory be just a bit better than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 57728 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 128 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is much (about 34%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTS 450. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8544 (34%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 450 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 12528 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2928 (31%)

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 512MB

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GeForce GTS 450

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GeForce GTS 450
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 September 2010
Code Name G92 GF106
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 783 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3608 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 106 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 57728 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 25056 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 12528 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 192
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-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 (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

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GeForce GTS 450

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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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