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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB vs GeForce GTX 470

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB has core speeds of 513 MHz on the GPU, and 792 MHz on the 320 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 20 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 470, which comes with core speeds of 607 MHz on the GPU, and 837 MHz on the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 40 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 143 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 72 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 470, in theory, should perform much faster than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 63360 MB/sec
Difference: 70560 (111%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 470 is a lot (about 38%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 24624 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9368 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is superior to the GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB 10260 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14020 (137%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB GeForce GTX 470
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Feb 2007 March 2010
Code Name G80 GF100
Memory 320 MB 1280 MB
Core Speed 513 MHz 607 MHz
Memory Speed 1584 MHz 3348 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 143 watts 215 watts
Bandwidth 63360 MB/sec 133920 MB/sec
Texel Rate 24624 Mtexels/sec 33992 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10260 Mpixels/sec 24280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 448
Texture Mapping Units 48 56
Render Output Units 20 40
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 320-bit
Fab Process 90 nm 40 nm
Transistors 681 million 3000 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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GTS (G80) 320MB

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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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