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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon R7 240

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS comes with a core clock frequency of 675 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 240, which comes with a core clock frequency of 730 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 320 SPUs, 20 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the GeForce 8600 GTS should be a bit faster than the Radeon R7 240 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 240 will be a lot (more or less 35%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 superior to the GeForce 8600 GTS, though not by far. (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 across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. 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, most notably 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 GTS

Amazon.com

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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.

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