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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon R7 360

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 360, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1625 MHz on this card. It features 768 SPUs as well as 48 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon R7 360 100 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (113%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 360 should be 713% faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 104000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 91200 (713%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 is much (approximately 483%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 41760 (483%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 will be much (about 289%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 16800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 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 512MB DDR2

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 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 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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 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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