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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB comes with core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTS 450 1GB, which has clock speeds of 783 MHz on the GPU, and 902 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 192 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB, in theory, should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 57728 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 128 (0%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is quite a bit (about 34%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTS 450 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTS 450 1GB 25056 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8544 (34%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTS 450 1GB will be a lot (more or less 31%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTS 450 1GB 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

Amazon.com

GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Amazon.com

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 512MB GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 September 2010
Code Name G92 GF106
Memory 512 MB 1024 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTS 450 1GB

Amazon.com

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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