OpenGL Performance & Performance-Per-Watt For NVIDIA GPUs From The Past 10 Years

Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 19 January 2016. Page 4 of 9. 28 Comments
NVIDIA 2016 Winter Linux GPU Comparison

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had to be run at 2560 x 1600 so the newer GPUs would at least be busy, but in doing so, the pre-Fermi graphics cards couldn't handle this modern Valve game at more than a few frames per second. It's stunning to see how NVIDIA graphics performance has improved over the past decade, particularly since Kepler: it's over a 100x difference from the high-end GTX 900 series to the GeForce 8 hardware.

NVIDIA 2016 Winter Linux GPU Comparison

A look at the power consumption during the CS:GO benchmarking.

NVIDIA 2016 Winter Linux GPU Comparison

As interesting as the raw performance is the power efficiency with the magnitude of how much more efficient the Maxwell graphics cards are since the GeForce 8 days. From the GeForce 8500GT to GTX 950 is a 37x improvement in performance-per-Watt while with from the GeForce 8 series to the GTX 970/980 it peaks at 50x.


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