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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) has clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 650, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this specific model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
Difference: 17 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 650 should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 67200 (525%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 will be much (more or less 292%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 25216 (292%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12608 (292%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 September 2012
Code Name G84 GK107
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 64 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 1300 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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