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GeForce 8800 GS vs GeForce GT 440 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GS has a GPU clock speed of 550 MHz, and the 384 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 800 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 12 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 440 3GB, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 594 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this model. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 56 Watts
GeForce 8800 GS 105 Watts
Difference: 49 Watts (88%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 440 3GB should be a bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GS in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 43200 MB/sec
GeForce 8800 GS 38400 MB/sec
Difference: 4800 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GS is quite a bit (approximately 85%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 440 3GB. (explain)

GeForce 8800 GS 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12144 (85%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 3GB is superior to the GeForce 8800 GS, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8800 GS 6600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7656 (116%)

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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GeForce 8800 GS

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GeForce GT 440 3GB

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8800 GS GeForce GT 440 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Jan 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF106
Memory 384 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 550 MHz 594 MHz
Memory Speed 1600 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 105 watts 56 watts
Bandwidth 38400 MB/sec 43200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 26400 Mtexels/sec 14256 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 6600 Mpixels/sec 14256 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 144
Texture Mapping Units 48 24
Render Output Units 12 24
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 1170 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GS

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GeForce GT 440 3GB

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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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