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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 along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 650, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

The GeForce GTX 650, in theory, should be much faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 is a lot (approximately 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

The GeForce GTX 650 will be much (approximately 292%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM), and capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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

GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 September 2012
Code Name G84 GK107
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1058 MHz
Shader Speed 1180 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 400 MHz (800 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 64 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of 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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