NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra vs 9800 GTX

General info

Comparison of GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Tesla
 
Tesla
Code name
G80
 
G92
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
2 May 2007
 
28 March 2008
Launch price (MSRP)
$829
 
$299

Technical specs

GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
128
 
128
CUDA cores
612
 
128
Core clock speed
612 MHz
 
1688 MHz
Transistor count
681 million
 
754 million
Manufacturing process technology
90 nm
 
65 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
171 Watt
 
140 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
no data
 
105 °C
Texture fill rate
39.2 billion/sec
 
43.2 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
387.1 gflops
 
432.1 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
no data
 
PCI-E 2.0
Interface
PCIe 1.0 x16
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
270 mm
 
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
 
2x 6-pin
SLI options
+
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR3
 
GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount
512 MB
 
512 MB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1080 MHz
 
1100 MHz
Memory bandwidth
103.7 GB/s
 
70.4 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
 
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
Display Connectors
no data
 
HDTVDual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
no data
 
+
HDMI
-
 
Via Adapter
Maximum VGA resolution
no data
 
2048x1536
Audio input for HDMI
no data
 
S/PDIF

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
11.1 (10_0)
OpenGL
3.3
 
2.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

8800 Ultra 2.94
9800 GTX 3.55 +20.7%

Passmark

8800 Ultra 638
9800 GTX 769 +20.5%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra

Wider memory bus (384 vs 256 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (103.7 vs 70.4 GB/s)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX

20.7% faster in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (28 March 2008 vs 2 May 2007)
Cheaper ($299 vs $829)
Finer manufacturing process technology (65 vs 90 nm)
Less power hungry (140 vs 171 watts)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
3D Vision Surround

So, 8800 Ultra or 9800 GTX?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX.
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