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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon R7 360

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 700 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 360, which comes with a clock speed of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1625 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 47 Watts
Radeon R7 360 100 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (113%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R7 360, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 104000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 81600 (364%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 will be much (about 483%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 41760 (483%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R7 360 is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 16800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12480 (289%)

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 GDDR3

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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 GDDR3 Radeon R7 360
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2015
Code Name G84 Tobago
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 16800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 768
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR 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 is calculated 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3

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Radeon R7 360

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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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