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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB features core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6770 1GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1050 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 800 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Radeon HD 6770 1GB 108 Watts
Difference: 3 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 6770 1GB should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 67200 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6770 1GB will be a little bit (more or less 7%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 36000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2400 (7%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6770 1GB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6770 1GB 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4800 (50%)

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 GT 512MB Radeon HD 6770 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Oct 2007 January 2011
Code Name G92 Juniper XT
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 108 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 67200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 800
Texture Mapping Units 56 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB

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Radeon HD 6770 1GB

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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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