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GeForce 8800 Ultra vs GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 8800 Ultra features core clock speeds of 612 MHz on the GPU, and 1080 MHz on the 768 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 128 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM), which comes with core clock speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 850 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 150 Watts
GeForce 8800 Ultra 171 Watts
Difference: 21 Watts (14%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 460 (OEM), in theory, should be a little bit faster than the GeForce 8800 Ultra overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 108800 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 103680 MB/sec
Difference: 5120 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 Ultra should be a small bit (about 8%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce 8800 Ultra 39168 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 36400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2768 (8%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) will be a lot (about 42%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 8800 Ultra, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 20800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 Ultra 14688 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6112 (42%)

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 Ultra

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GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

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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 Ultra GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2007 October 2010
Code Name G80 GF104
Memory 768 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 612 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 2160 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 171 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 103680 MB/sec 108800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 39168 Mtexels/sec 36400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 14688 Mpixels/sec 20800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 336
Texture Mapping Units 64 56
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 40 nm
Transistors 681 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 Ultra

Amazon.com

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GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

Amazon.com

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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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