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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 540 MHz. The DDR2 memory runs at a speed of 400 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 975 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1400 MHz on this card. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 32 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 370 2G 110 Watts
Difference: 63 Watts (134%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R7 370 2G should theoretically be a lot superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 166400 (1300%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 370 2G is much (approximately 622%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 53760 (622%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R7 370 2G is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, by far. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 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 512MB 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 512MB DDR2 Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2015
Code Name G84 Trinidad
Memory 512 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - 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 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.

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