Contemporary Graphics Card Naming Guide

It is so easy to get confused with the names of all those numerous graphics cards the hardware vendors have introduced. This is when we decided to offer you some help. Our information guide will give you very clear idea of the major technical differences between the cards and will lead you through all the tricky names and markings that are currently circulating in the market.

by Igor Kozachenko
10/25/2005 | 04:00 PM

Before you go to the information provided in tables below, you should take into account the following. A lot of data that we provide in these tables, aren’t official data. Both leading graphics chip developers have always been very scarce when it came to revealing the technical details about their graphics solutions. And the farther on, the fewer details were shared with us.

 

Of course, the reasons behind this are quite understandable: the more things are unclear about the actual potential and power of the solutions, the higher is the probability that the potential customer will go for a more expensive product and the easier it is to mislead the users with such “pseudo-advantages” as twice as much onboard graphics memory, high bus bandwidth rates, DX version X.X support, and simply higher numeric index in the product name (and we all know pretty well, that high numeric index doesn’t always stand for higher performance). Not to mention especial cynical cases when the manufacturers add various suffixes to their card names, so that the users get totally lost and confused.

So, we had to resort to a lot of alternative unofficial sources to get some of the data for this guide. Of course, we do not provide you with any unverified info, however, errare humanum est, so you have to keep in mind that the sources may sometimes be mistaken either. Please, if you come across any uncertainties or mistakes, as you think, do not hesitate to point those things out to us in the Comments section for this guide or e-mail us about it.

ATI Graphics Solutions

Graphics
card
name

GPU

Process

Bus

Memory

Pixel pipes / textures per clock

Vertex pipes

DX

Chip / mem freq.

Mem bus

High-End graphics cards and their modifications

RADEON X1800 XT

R520

90 nm

PCI-E

256/512 MB
GDDR3

16/16

8

9.0c

625/1500 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X1800 XL

R520

90 nm

PCI-E

256 MB
GDDR3

16/16

8

9.0c

500/1000 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X850 XT Platinum Edition

R480

110 nm

PCI-E

256 MB
GDDR3

16/16

6

9.0

540/1180 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X850 XT

R480

110 nm

PCI-E

256 MB
GDDR3

16/16

6

9.0

520/1080 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X850 XT AGP

R481

110 nm

AGP

256 MB
GDDR3

16/16

6

9.0

520/1080 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X850 Pro

R480

110 nm

PCI-E

256 MB
GDDR3

12/12

6

9.0

520/1080 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition

R423

130 nm

PCI-E

256 MB
GDDR3

16/16

6

9.0

520/1120 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 XT

R423

130 nm

PCI-E

256 MB
GDDR3

16/16

6

9.0

500/1000 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition

R420

130 nm

AGP

256 MB
GDDR3

16/16

6

9.0

520/1120 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 XL

R4304

110 nm

PCI-E

512 MB
GDDR3

16/16

6

9.0

400/980 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 XL

R4304

110 nm

PCI-E

256 MB
GDDR3

16/16

6

9.0

400/980 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 XL AGP**

R4304

110 nm

AGP

256 MB
GDDR3

16/16

6

9.0

400/980 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 GTO

R480/ R430/ R423

110/130 nm

PCI-E

256 MB GDDR3

12/12

6

9.0

400/980 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 GTO

R480/ R430/ R423

110/130 nm

PCI-E

128 MB

12/12

6

9.0

400/700 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800

R4304

110 nm

PCI-E

128 MB

12/12

6

9.0

400/700 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 Pro

R420

130 nm

AGP

256 MB
GDDR3

12/12

6

9.0

475/900 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 GT

R480/ R423

110/130 nm

PCI-E

256 MB
GDDR3

8/8

6

9.0

475/980 MHz

256 bit

RADEON X800 GT

R480/ R423

110/130 nm

PCI-E

128 MB
DDR

8/8

6

9.0

475/700 MHz

256 bit?

RADEON X800 SE

R420

130 nm

AGP

128 MB

8/8

6

9.0

425/700 MHz

256 bit

RADEON 9800 XT

R360

130 nm

AGP

256 MB

8/8

4

9.0

412/730 MHz

256 bit

RADEON 9800 PRO *

R350

150 nm

AGP

256 MB/
DDR II

8/8

4

9.0

380/700 MHz

256 bit

RADEON 9800 PRO5

R350

150 nm

AGP

128 MB

8/8

4

9.0

380/680 MHz

256 bit

RADEON 9800 *

R350

150 nm

AGP

128 MB

8/8

4

9.0

325/580 MHz

256 bit

RADEON 9800 SE

R350

150 nm

AGP

128 MB

4 (8) / 4 (8)

4

9.0

380/680
or 325/580 MHz

256/ 128 bit

RADEON 9700 PRO *

R300

150 nm

AGP

128 MB

8/8

4

9.0

325/620 MHz

256 bit

RADEON 9700 *

R300

150 nm

AGP

128 MB

8/8

4

9.0

275/540 MHz

256 bit

Mainstream graphics cards

RADEON X1600 XT

RV530

90 nm

PCI-E (AGP)8

128/256 MB
GDDR3

12/4

5

9.0c

590/1380 MHz

128 bit

RADEON X1600 Pro

RV530

90 nm

PCI-E (AGP)8

128/256 MB

12/4

5

9.0c

500/780 MHz

128 bit

RADEON X700 XT3

RV410

110 nm

PCI-E

128/256 MB
GDDR3

8/8

6

9.0

475/1050 MHz

128 bit

RADEON X700 Pro

RV410

110 nm

PCI-E

256/128 MB GDDR3

8/8

6

9.0

420/864 MHz

128 bit

RADEON X700 Pro AGP***

RV410

110 nm

AGP

256/128 MB GDDR3

8/8

6

9.0

420/864 MHz

128 bit

RADEON X700

RV410

110 nm

PCI-E

128 MB DDR

8/8

6

9.0

400/700 MHz

128 bit

RADEON X600 XT

RV3801

130 nm

PCI-E

256/128 MB

4/4

2

9.0

500/740 MHz

128 bit

RADEON 9600 XT

RV360

130 nm

AGP

128 MB

4/4

2

9.0

500/600 MHz

128 bit

RADEON X600 Pro

RV3801

130 nm

PCI-E

256/128 MB

4/4

2

9.0

400/600 MHz

128 bit

RADEON 9600 Pro

RV350

130 nm

AGP

128 MB

4/4

2

9.0

400/600 MHz

128 bit

RADEON 9600 SE

RV350

130 nm

AGP

128 MB

4/4

2

9.0

325/400 MHz

64 bit

RADEON 9600

RV350

130 nm

AGP

128/64 MB

4/4

2

9.0

325/400 MHz

128 bit

RADEON 9500 PRO *

R300

150 nm

AGP

128 MB

8/8

4

9.0

275/540 MHz

128 bit

RADEON 9500 *

R300

150 nm

AGP

128 MB

4/4

4

9.0

275/540 MHz

256 bit

RADEON 9500 *

R300

150 nm

AGP

64 MB

4/4

4

9.0

275/540 MHz

128 bit

Value graphics cards

RADEON X1300 Pro

RV515

90 nm

PCI-E (AGP)8

256 MB

4/4

2

9.0c

600/800 MHz

128 (64?) bit

RADEON X1300

RV515

90 nm

PCI-E (AGP)8

256/128 MB

4/4

2

9.0c

450/500 MHz

128/ 64 bit

RADEON X1300 HyperMemory

RV515

90 nm

PCI-E

32-128 MB (256 MB)7

4/4

2

9.0c

450/1000 MHz

32/ 64/ 128 bit

RADEON X550

RV3702

110 nm

PCI-E

256/128/
64 MB

4/4

2

9.0

400/500 MHz

128/ 64 bit

RADEON X300 SE/256

RV370HM

110 nm

PCI-E

128 MB (256 MB)7

4/4

2

9.0

325/296 MHz

64 bit

RADEON X300 SE/128

RV370HM

110 nm

PCI-E

32 MB (128 MB)7

4/4

2

9.0

325/296 MHz

64 bit

RADEON X300

RV3702

110 nm

PCI-E

256/128/
64 MB

4/4

2

9.0

325/400 MHz

128/ 64 bit

RADEON X300 SE

RV3702

110 nm

PCI-E

128/64 MB

4/4

2

9.0

325/400 MHz

64 bit

RADEON 9550

RV350

150 nm

AGP

128/64 MB

4/4

2

9.0

250/400 MHz

128/ 64 bit

RADEON 9200 Pro *

RV280

150 nm

AGP

128/64 MB

4/4

1

8.1

275/550 MHz

128/ 64 bit

RADEON 9200

RV280

150 nm

AGP

128/64 MB

4/4

1

8.1

250/400 MHz

128/ 64 bit

RADEON 9250

RV280

150 nm

AGP

256/128/64 MB

4/4

1

8.1

250/4006 MHz

128/ 64 bit

RADEON 9200 SE

RV280

150 nm

AGP

128/64 MB

4/4

1

8.1

200/333 MHz

64 bit

RADEON 9100 *

R200

150 nm

AGP

128/64 MB

4/8

2

8.1

250/500 MHz

128 bit

RADEON 9000 PRO *

RV250

150 nm

AGP

128/64 MB

4/4

1

8.1

275/550 MHz

128 bit

RADEON 9000 *

RV250

150 nm

AGP

64 MB

4/4

1

8.1

250/400 MHz

128/ 64 bit

* - These graphics cards are given only for comparison purposes. There are very few or none of them left in the market today.

** - This graphics card uses PCI-E/AGP Rialto bridge.

1 – RV380 chip is a modification of RV360 chip with PCI Express support.

2 – RV370 chip is a modification of RV360 chip with PCI Express support manufactured with 110nm technology (RV360 – 130nm).

3 – ATI decided not to release this graphics solution to the market.

4 – R430 chip is a modification of R423 chip manufactured with 110nm technology.

5 – Try to avoid suspiciously inexpensive “RADEON 9800 Pro” graphics cards! This is a cynical trick some of the vendors (even the world famous ones, not to mention the noname ones) use to sell the cut-down RADEON 9800 SE under a fake brand name!

6 – The frequencies can be lower than these. ATI doesn’t have any set recommendations here.

7 – The number in brackets is the overall size of the addressed frame-buffer, most of which is in the system memory.

8 – AGP is supported by adding the PCI-E/AGP bridge to the card.

NVIDIA Graphics Solutions

Graphics card name

GPU

Process

Bus

Memory

Pixel pipes / textures per clock

Vertex pipes

DX

Chip / mem freq.

Mem bus

High-End graphics cards and their modifications

GeForce 7800 GTX

G70

110 nm

PCI-E13

256 MB GDDR3

24/24

8

9.0c

430/1200 MHz

256 bit

GeForce 7800 GT

G70

110 nm

PCI-E

256 MB GDDR3

20/20

7

9.0c

400/1000 MHz

256 bit

GeForce 6800 Ultra

NV40

130 nm

PCI-E

512 MB GDDR3

16/16 or 32/0

6

9.0c

400/1100 (1050) MHz

256 bit

GeForce 6800 Ultra

NV40/NV45

130 nm

AGP/
PCI-E

256 MB GDDR3

16/16 or 32/0

6

9.0c

400/1100 MHz

256 bit

GeForce 6800 GT

NV40/NV45

130 nm

AGP/
PCI-E

256 MB GDDR3

16/16 or 32/0

6

9.0c

350/1000 MHz

256 bit

GeForce 680011

NV41/NV42

130/110 nm

PCI-E

128/ 256 MB DDR

12/12 or 24/0

5

9.0c

325/700 MHz

256 bit

GeForce 6800

NV40

130 nm

AGP

128/256 MB DDR

12/12 or 24/0

5

9.0c

325/700 MHz

256 bit

GeForce 6800 XT15

NV41/NV42

130/110 nm

PCI-E

128 MB

8/8 or 16/0

4

9.0c

325/700 MHz?

256 bit

GeForce 6800 LE11

NV41/NV42

130/110 nm

PCI-E

128/ 256 MB DDR

8/8 or 16/0

4

9.0c

325/700 MHz12

256 bit

GeForce 6800 LE

NV40

130 nm

AGP

128/ 256 MB DDR

8/8 or 16/0

4

9.0c

325/700 MHz12

256 bit

GeForce PCX 5950 1*

NV38X

130 nm

PCI-E

256 MB

4/8 or 8/0

3

9.0

475/950 MHz

256 bit

GeForceFX 5950 Ultra

NV38

130 nm

AGP

256 MB

4/8 or 8/0

3

9.0

475/950 MHz

256 bit

GeForceFX 5900 Ultra *

NV35

130 nm

AGP

256 MB

4/8 or 8/0

3

9.0

450/850 MHz

256 bit

GeForce PCX 5900 *

NV35X

130 nm

PCI-E

128 MB

4/8 or 8/0

3

9.0

400/850 MHz

256 bit

GeForceFX 5900 *

NV35

130 nm

AGP

128 MB

4/8 or 8/0

3

9.0

400/850 MHz

256 bit

GeForceFX 5900 XT (Value)

NV35

130 nm

AGP

128 MB

4/8 or 8/0

3

9.0

390/700 MHz

256 bit

GeForceFX 5900 ZT

NV35

130 nm

AGP

128 MB

4/8 or 8/0

3

9.0

325/700 MHz

256 bit

GeForceFX 5800 Ultra *

NV30

130 nm

AGP

128 MB DDR II

4/8 or 8/0

3

9.0

500/1000 MHz

128 bit

GeForceFX 5800 *

NV30

130 nm

AGP

128 MB DDR II

4/8 or 8/0

3

9.0

400/800 MHz

128 bit

Mainstream graphics cards

GeForce 6600 GT

NV43

110 nm

PCI-E

128 MB GDDR3

8/8

3

9.0c

500/1000 MHz

128 bit

GeForce 6600 GT

NV43

110 nm

AGP

128 MB GDDR3

8/8

3

9.0c

500/900 MHz

128 bit

GeForce 66003

NV43

110 nm

PCI-E

512 MB GDDR3

8/8

3

9.0c

300/5502 MHz

128 bit

GeForce 6600

NV43

110 nm

PCI-E

128/256 MB DDR

8/8

3

9.0c

300/5502 MHz

128 bit

GeForce 66004

NV43

110 nm

AGP

128 MB DDR

8/8

3

9.0c

300/500 MHz

128 bit

GeForce 6600 LE14

NV43V

110 nm

PCI-E

128 MB DDR

4/4

3

9.0c

300/500 MHz?

128 bit

GeForce 6200

NV43V

110 nm

PCI-E

128 MB DDR

4/4

3

9.0c

300/500 MHz

128 bit

GeForce 62006

NV43V

110 nm

AGP

128 MB DDR

4/4

3

9.0c

300/500 MHz

128 bit

GeForce 62007

NV44

110 nm

AGP

128 MB DDR

4/4

2

9.0c

300/500 MHz

128/64 bit9

GeForce 62008

NV44A

110 nm

AGP

128 MB DDR

4/4

2

9.0c

300/500 MHz

128/64 bit9

GeForce 620010

NV44A?

110 nm

AGP

512 MB DDR?

4/4

2

9.0c

?/? MHz

128 bit?

"New" GeForceFX 5700 Ultra *

NV36

130 nm

AGP

128 MB GDDR3

2/4 or 4/4

2

9.0

475/950 MHz

128 bit

GeForceFX 5700 Ultra *

NV36

130 nm

AGP

128 MB GDDR

2/4 or 4/4

2

9.0

475/900 MHz

128 bit

"New" GeForceFX 5600 Ultra *

NV31

130 nm

AGP

128 MB

2/4 or 4/4

2

9.0

400/800 MHz

128 bit

"Old" GeForceFX 5600 Ultra *

NV31

130 nm

AGP

128 MB

2/4 or 4/4

2

9.0

350/700 MHz

128 bit

GeForce PCX 5750

NV39

130 nm

PCI-E

256/ 128 MB

2/4 or 4/4

2

9.0

425/550 MHz

128 bit

GeForceFX 5700

NV36

130 nm

AGP

256/ 128 MB

2/4 or 4/4

2

9.0

425/550 MHz

128 bit

GeForceFX 5700 LE

NV36

130 nm

AGP

256/ 128 MB

2/4 or 4/4

2

9.0

250/400 MHz

128/64 bit

GeForceFX 5600 *

NV31

130 nm

AGP

128/ 64 MB

2/4 or 4/4

2

9.0

325/550 MHz

128 bit

GeForceFX 5600 XT *

NV31

130 nm

AGP

64/ 128/ 256 MB

2/4 or 4/4

2

9.0

235/400 MHz

128/64 bit

Value graphics cards

GeForce 6500

NV44

110 nm

PCI-E

128 MB GDDR2 (256 MB)5

4/4

2

9.0c

400/700 MHz2

64 bit

GeForce 6200 with TurboCache type 3

NV44

110 nm

PCI-E

64 MB (256 MB)5

4/4

2

9.0c

350/700 MHz

128 bit

GeForce 6200 with TurboCache type 2

NV44

110 nm

PCI-E

32 MB (128 MB)5

4/4

2

9.0c

350/700 MHz

64 bit

GeForce 6200 with TurboCache type 1

NV44

110 nm

PCI-E

16 MB (128 MB)5

4/4

2

9.0c

350/700 MHz

32 bit

GeForceFX 5200 Ultra *

NV34

130 nm

AGP

128/ 64 MB

2/4 or 4/0

1

9.0

325/650 MHz

128/64 bit

GeForceFX 5500

NV34

130 nm

AGP

256/ 128 MB

2/4 or 4/0

1

9.0

270/400 MHz

128/64 bit

GeForce PCX 5300 *

NV37

130 nm

PCI-E

128/ 64 MB

2/4 or 4/0

1

9.0

250/400 MHz

128/64 bit

GeForceFX 5200

NV34

130 nm

AGP

128/ 64 MB

2/4 or 4/0

1

9.0

250/400 MHz

128/64 bit

GeForce4 Ti4800 (4600-8x) *

NV28

150 nm

AGP

128/ 64 MB

4/8

2

8.0

300/650 MHz

128 bit

GeForce4 Ti4200-8x *

NV28

150 nm

AGP

128/ 64 MB

4/8

2

8.0

250/512 MHz

128 bit

GeForce PCX 4300 1*

NV19

150 nm

PCI-E

64 MB

2/4

-

7.0

275/512 MHz

128/64 bit

GeForce4 MX440-8x *

NV18

150 nm

AGP

64 MB

2/4

-

7.0

275/512 MHz

128/64 bit

* - These graphics cards are given only for comparison purposes. There are very few or none of them left in the market today.

1 – These graphics cards were introduced last February. However, they disappeared from the list of NVIDIA’s products and have never got into the market.

2 – This frequency is not strictly defined and depends on the manufacturer only.

3 – This graphics card doesn’t support SLI mode.

4 – This graphics card hasn’t been officially announced because the use of additional PCI-E/AGP bridge hasn’t been justified for a value graphics card. However, some vendors, such as MSI, for instance, are still offering this solution.

5 – The number in brackets is the overall size of the addressed frame-buffer, most of which is in the system memory.

6, 7 – These graphics cards are equipped with a PCI-E/AGP bridge.

8 – The chip on this graphics card features integrated AGP support.

9 – It is quite possible that all GeForce 6200 AGP graphics cards will feature only 64-bit memory access.

10 – Even though the graphics card has been officially announced, no specification details have been revealed except for the amount of supported onboard memory.

11 – NV41 is a modification of NV40 with cut-down number of “physical” pipelines. NV42 is a modification of NV41 manufactured with 110nm technology.

12 – The frequencies haven’t been strictly specified and are determined by the graphics card vendors.

13 – No AGP version of this graphics card is planned.

14 – The only difference between this graphics card and the old 6200 based on the cut-down NV43 chip modification is the SLI support. The recommended frequencies haven’t been specified.

15 – The only difference between this graphics card and the 6800 LE is the SLI support.