How Do Nvidia Graphics Cards Compare 17 Years Later? Evolution Of Nvidia GeForce Graphics

By   /   Dec 4, 2017
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The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti is the king of the hill right now and can run games at 4K 60 FPS depending on the game settings and optimization. The GTX 1080 Ti has the same power as the Nvidia Titan XP and there has also been another addition to the Ti brand this year, the GTX 1070 Ti. The first Nvidia graphics card that we got was the Nvidia GeForce 256 that came out back in 1999.

Nvidia GeForce 256 featured 32 MB of VRAM which may sound like nothing at all right now but you need to keep in mind that this was the first small step towards the architecture and graphics performance that we are used to right now. The evolution of Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics cards are as follows:

The Evolution Of Nvidia GeForce GTX Graphics Cards

The Nvidia GeForce 256 featured 32 MB of VRAM and worked on a 128-Bit memory bus. This might seem ancient at the time but it was the first step to where we are right now. The next graphics card came out a year later in 2000, the Nvidia GeForce 2 Ti. This graphics card offered double the performance of the previous one with 32 MB and 64 MB memory options. The core clock of the graphics card was 250 MHz.

Nvidia GeForce 3 came out the next year in 2001. The graphics card ran at 240 MHz and featured 64 MH of VRAM. Next year Nvidia released the GeForce4 Ti in 2002. The core clock speed was improved to 300 MHz and the VRAM was increased to 128 MB.

The next graphics card, the GeForce FX5950 Ultra featured 465 MHz core clock and 256 MB of VRAM. The memory bus of the graphics card was also increased to 256-bit. In 2004, we got the Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra which featured a core clock of 400 MHz and 256/512 MB VRAM. This graphics card also had a 256-bit memory bus.

The Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX that came out in 2005 featured a core clock of 430 MHz. The VRAM and the memory bus remained the same. The Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX that came out in 2006 offered a frequency of 575 MHz. The VRAM increased to 768 MB and the memory bus increased to 384-bit.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 that came out in 2008 offered 622 GFLOPs of computing power along with a core clock of 602 MHz. The Nvidia graphics card featured 1024 MB VRAM and a 512-bit memory bus.

The GeForce GTX 480 that came out 2 years later in 2010, offered 1345 GFLOPs of performance and a core clock of 700 MHz. The Nvidia graphics card featured 1536 MB VRAM and a 384 memory bus. The GeForce GTX 680 that came out in 2012, featured 3090 GFLOPs of computing power along with a core clock of 100 MHz on a 256-bit memory bus.

In 2013 we got the GeForce GTX 780 Ti that offered 5045 GFLOPs of computing performance and a core clock of 876 MHz. The graphics card featured a 384-bit memory bus. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is pretty recent and came out in 2015. The graphics card features 5045 GFLOPs of computing power with a core clock of 1000 MHz.

The latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti that came out in 2017, is the best graphics card that money can buy right now and has similar performance as compared to the Titan XP. The graphics card features about 11 TFLOPs of computing performance and has a core clock of 1480 MHz. The graphics card also has 11 GB of VRAM.

Nvidia GeForce Graphics Benchmarks 1080p From 2010-2017

The following are Nvidia GeForce graphics benchmarks from the GTX 480 to the GTX 1080.

Let us know what you think about the evolution of Nvidia GeForce graphics from 1999 to 2018.

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