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GeForce 8800 GT 512MB vs GeForce GT 340 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB has a GPU core speed of 600 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 112 Stream Processors, 56 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 850 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 340 1GB 69 Watts
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 36 Watts (52%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GT 340 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 54400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GT 512MB will be quite a bit (more or less 91%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 340 1GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16000 (91%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is superior to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5200 (118%)

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 GT 340 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Oct 2007 February 2010
Code Name G92 GT215
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 69 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33600 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 9600 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 112 96
Texture Mapping Units 56 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 727 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. 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 - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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