lloyd notes

Notes about video games

(2017) Extended Nvidia GPU Comparison Chart (including Game Consoles)

With the passing of the March equinox, the temperature finally began to drop, marking the transition into Winter. But, rather than a gentle falling of leaves and chilly air, it came quite suddenly with the aftermath of a cyclone’s rainstorm. I wonder if the rest of the year will be marked by such extreme leaps.

I don’t really plan on getting a new graphics card anytime soon, but the rough comparison chart I made some years ago is getting woefully out of date. The chart itself was not particularly scientific – I created it by scaling and stitching two old versions of the chart to bridge a gap that I was in need of, and scribbled some lines for the game consoles based on some data I was able to gather. Since these comparisons are quite unreliable, I gathered several types of benchmark data and general speculation, and created an average value for me to draw on the chart.

This updated version is probably even more unreliable, since Nvidia has switched to using a different, newer piece of benchmark software. The curves on the newer one are generally more steep.

I have also included new lines for the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and the Nintendo Switch.

The line for the Nintendo Switch is probably the most unreliable, though I’ve tried my best to make estimates from a number of different approaches. The lines I drew are – like the others – a personal average value based on what I gathered.

What makes it most difficult for comparison reasons, is that the Switch uses a mobile GPU, whilst this chart is for desktop GPUs. Comparisons between mobile and desktop hardware are simply not done.

Luckily, it’s now known that the Switch is using a modified Tegra X1, which gave me a few more approaches for an actual number. I still wasn’t able to find one that used the same 3DMark benchmark software, but I still calculated some estimates, and split the difference.

Extended Nvidia Graphics Card Comparison Chart

The land is starting to warm up again with the approach of Summer, and I expect the rains and harsh winds to grow more frequent. As I often do when these same months come by, I wonder if my computer will be able to withstand the heat.

With technology moving ever forward, this year-old chart is now woefully out of date. I made it sometime in 2015 when I decided to upgrade from my miraculously still-functional 9800 GT, but the card was old enough that it simply did not appear on the performance charts that Nvidia makes for their new cards.

So, I took two charts and stitched them together, and drew all over it.

I eventually chose the 750 Ti as it conveniently sat between the two theoretical points of the GPU power of the PS1 and XB1. The consoles themselves were speculated to be similar to certain Radeon cards, so I obtained conversions of it to a roughly equivalent Nvidia card rating, and drew lines on the chart. It apparently turned out to be a good choice, since Digital Foundry pretty much exclusively used the 750 Ti when comparing the PC version of a game against the console versions.

Despite the low performance, it also used the latest architecture by Nvidia at the time (now superseded by Pascal), so I suspected that it would actually run better than the theoretical level of the PS4, due to driver support.

The 9800 GT lasted for much longer than I had ever anticipated, and it was probably because I bought a version with an overloaded amount of VRAM.

The last games I ever played on it? Divinity: Original Sin. Maxed settings, 1080p.

The game that prompted me to upgrade? The Witcher 3.


Notes on this site

The air grows chilly again.

Here, it marks the midpoint of the year rather than a new one, but it’s a starting point to wax poetic, nevertheless. In any case, I come to a sad realisation.

“I’m probably not good at this, am I?”

It’s probably one of those things that many aspiring writers of what-have-you run into at some point. This probably isn’t my own first time, either. It’s the usual lamenting of how one does not post or update enough, and they’ll swear to “do better next time”, whatever that means. It makes me think of a Saturday morning cartoon villain.

I only seem to post here about once a year, as a little outlet that no one reads. It’s not as if I bother to advertise this page or anything, and I tend to delete my older posts as I grow unsatisfied with them – as if the person who wrote it wasn’t really the “me” at this very moment.

Well, instead of saying I’ll “do better next time”, I suppose I should write something different.

“I’ll figure it out eventually.”

…Well, that wasn’t very reassuring. Perhaps I should try to actually remember to post what I keep on planning to post, which, hopefully, is not a set of weird journals or articles or anything like that.

Notes. Plain notes, which I’ve found useful. Research notes, of things I’ve looked into. Nothing formal. Generally related to video games. Probably not technical.