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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon R7 360

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 540 MHz. The DDR2 RAM works at a frequency of 400 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 360, which features GPU clock speed of 1050 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1625 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 768 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the Radeon R7 360 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 will be quite a bit (approximately 483%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 quite a bit (approximately 289%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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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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 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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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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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