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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features a GPU core 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 features 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm, which makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 576 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 999 MHz on this specific model. It features 216 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 28 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 171 Watts
Difference: 124 Watts (264%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 111888 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 99088 (774%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm will be much (about 380%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32832 (380%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm 16128 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11808 (273%)

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 512MB DDR2

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce GTX 260 216SP 55 nm
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 December 22, 2008
Code Name G84 G200b
Memory 512 MB 896 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1998 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 171 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 111888 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 41472 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 16128 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 216
Texture Mapping Units 16 72
Render Output Units 8 28
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 448-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 55 nm
Transistors 289 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range 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 number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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 260 216SP 55 nm

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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