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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon R7 240

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS has clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 240, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 730 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 320 SPUs as well as 20 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator 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

The GeForce 8600 GTS should in theory be a little bit faster than the Radeon R7 240 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 240 will be much (about 35%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 240 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max 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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