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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon R7 360

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 has core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 1024 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 360, which comes with a core clock speed of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1625 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon R7 360 100 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (113%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R7 360 should theoretically be a lot superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 104000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 91200 (713%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 is much (approximately 483%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 41760 (483%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 is a lot (more or less 289%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 16800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 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 1GB DDR2

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 Radeon R7 360
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2015
Code Name G84 Tobago
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 12800 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 DDR2 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

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

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2

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Radeon R7 360

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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