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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon R9 Fury X

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 has a core clock frequency of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 Fury X, which has a clock frequency of 1050 MHz and a HBM memory speed of 500 MHz. It also uses a 4096-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 4096 SPUs, 256 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon R9 Fury X 275 Watts
Difference: 228 Watts (485%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R9 Fury X should be a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 Fury X 512000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 499200 (3900%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 Fury X should be quite a bit (about 3011%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R9 Fury X 268800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 260160 (3011%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 Fury X is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 Fury X 67200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 62880 (1456%)

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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Radeon R9 Fury X

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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 512MB DDR2 Radeon R9 Fury X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2015
Code Name G84 Fiji XT
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 275 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 512000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 268800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 4096
Texture Mapping Units 16 256
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type DDR2 HBM
Bus Width 128-bit 4096-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 8900 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also 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 - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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Radeon R9 Fury X

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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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