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GeForce 8800 GS vs GeForce GT 220 GDDR3

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GS has a GPU core clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 384 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3, which comes with a core clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1012 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 48 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 58 Watts
GeForce 8800 GS 105 Watts
Difference: 47 Watts (81%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 8800 GS is 19% faster than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GS 38400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 32384 MB/sec
Difference: 6016 (19%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GS should be much (more or less 164%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GS 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 10000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16400 (164%)

Pixel Rate

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

GeForce 8800 GS 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 5000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1600 (32%)

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 220 GDDR3

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GS GeForce GT 220 GDDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Jan 2008 October 2009
Code Name G92 GT216
Memory 384 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 2024 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 58 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 32384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 10000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 5000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 48
Texture Mapping Units 48 16
Render Output Units 12 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 486 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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 220 GDDR3

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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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