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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon R7 240

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS comes with a GPU core speed of 675 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 240, which features GPU core speed of 730 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320 Stream Processors, 20 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 240 30 Watts
GeForce 8600 GTS 75 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 8600 GTS will be 11% quicker than the Radeon R7 240 overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GTS 32000 MB/sec
Radeon R7 240 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 240 should be a lot (approximately 35%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

Radeon R7 240 14600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3800 (35%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 240 will be a small bit (approximately 8%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GTS, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R7 240 5840 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 440 (8%)

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 GTS

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Radeon R7 240

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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 GTS Radeon R7 240
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 October 2013
Code Name G84 Oland PRO
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 730 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 14600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 5840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 320
Texture Mapping Units 16 20
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GTS

Amazon.com

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Radeon R7 240

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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