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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Geforce GTX 760

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features a GPU clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 760, which comes with a clock speed of 980 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1152 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Geforce GTX 760 170 Watts
Difference: 123 Watts (262%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Geforce GTX 760 should be 1402% quicker than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 192256 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 179456 (1402%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 760 should be much (about 989%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 94080 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 85440 (989%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 760 is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, by a large margin. (explain)

Geforce GTX 760 31360 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 27040 (626%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 Geforce GTX 760
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 June 2013
Code Name G84 GK104
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 980 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 94080 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 31360 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1152
Texture Mapping Units 16 96
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 3540 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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Geforce GTX 760

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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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