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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 has a GPU clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 1024 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which comes with a clock speed of 975 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1400 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 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 370 2G 110 Watts
Difference: 63 Watts (134%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R7 370 2G should theoretically be much better than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 166400 (1300%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 370 2G should be quite a bit (approximately 622%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 53760 (622%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 370 2G should be a lot (more or less 622%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 26880 (622%)

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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Radeon R7 370 2G

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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 1GB DDR2 Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2015
Code Name G84 Trinidad
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1024
Texture Mapping Units 16 64
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-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 moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one 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 sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2

Amazon.com

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Radeon R7 370 2G

Amazon.com

Check prices at:

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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