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GeForce 8800 GS vs GeForce GT 440 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 8800 GS comes with core clock speeds of 550 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 384 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 440 3GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 594 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 144 SPUs as well as 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 perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 8800 GS overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8800 GS is a lot (more or less 85%) more effective 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

The GeForce GT 440 3GB is much (about 116%) better at AA than the GeForce 8800 GS, and able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output 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 get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8800 GS

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