NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra vs 9800 GTX
Comparison of GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
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).
PCIe 1.0 x16
PCIe 2.0 x16
10.5" (26.7 cm)
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
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.
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
HDTVDual Link DVI
Multi monitor support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
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.
APIs supported by GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX, sometimes including their particular versions.
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%
8800 Ultra 638
9800 GTX 769 +20.5%
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)
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.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce 8800 Ultra and GeForce 9800 GTX, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.