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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon HD 7990

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 comes with a clock frequency of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7990, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 950 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this specific model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon HD 7990 375 Watts
Difference: 328 Watts (698%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 7990 should in theory be much superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7990 576000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 563200 (4400%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7990 should be a lot (approximately 2715%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon HD 7990 243200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 234560 (2715%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7990 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 7990 60800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 56480 (1307%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2

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Radeon HD 7990

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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 GT 1GB DDR2 Radeon HD 7990
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 April 2013
Code Name G84 Malta
Memory 1024 MB 3072 MB (x2)
Core Speed 540 MHz 950 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 800 MHz 6000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 375 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 576000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 243200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 60800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2048 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 16 128 (x2)
Render Output Units 8 32 (x2)
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 384-bit (x2)
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 7990

Amazon.com

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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.

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