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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

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The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB uses a 65 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 600 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 112 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, which uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1575 MHz. The GDDR6X memory is set to run at a frequency of 1188 MHz on this particular model. It features 6144 SPUs as well as 192 TAUs and 96 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 290 Watts
Difference: 185 Watts (176%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti should be a lot faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 622899 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 565299 (981%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti will be quite a bit (approximately 800%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 302400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 268800 (800%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 151200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 141600 (1475%)

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 512MB GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 June 2021
Code Name G92 Ampere GA104-400-A1
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 1575 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2376 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 290 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 622899 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 302400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 151200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 6144
Texture Mapping Units 56 192
Render Output Units 16 96
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR6X
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 8 nm
Transistors 754 million 17400 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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