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GeForce 8800 GT 256MB vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 256MB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 700 MHz on this model. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 1030, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1265 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 105 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (250%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 1030 is 10% quicker than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 44800 MB/sec
Difference: 4352 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 is just a bit (about 20%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6880 (20%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 is a lot (about 111%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8800 GT 256MB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 256MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10640 (111%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GT 256MB GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Dec 2007 May 2017
Code Name G92 GP108-300
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1265 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 44800 MB/sec 49152 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 40480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 20240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 384
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 16 nm
Transistors 754 million 3300 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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