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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon R7 240

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 1024 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 that to the Radeon R7 240, which has GPU clock speed of 730 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 320 Stream Processors, 20 Texture Address Units, 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 GT 1GB DDR2 47 Watts
Difference: 17 Watts (57%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 240 will be 125% faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 in general, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon R7 240 28800 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (125%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 240 will be a lot (more or less 69%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R7 240 14600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5960 (69%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 240 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R7 240 5840 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1520 (35%)

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 GT 1GB DDR2

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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 GT 1GB DDR2 Radeon R7 240
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 October 2013
Code Name G84 Oland PRO
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 730 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 14600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 5840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 320
Texture Mapping Units 16 20
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR2 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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core 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 fill 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 maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2

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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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