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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs GeForce GT 130

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) comes with a clock frequency of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 130, which comes with GPU core speed of 500 MHz, and 768 MB of DDR2 RAM set to run at 250 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 48 Stream Processors, 24 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 47 Watts
GeForce GT 130 75 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) should in theory be a bit superior to the GeForce GT 130 in general. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
GeForce GT 130 12000 MB/sec
Difference: 800 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 will be quite a bit (approximately 39%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GT 130 12000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3360 (39%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 will be quite a bit (about 85%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM), and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 8000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3680 (85%)

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 GS (OEM)

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GeForce GT 130

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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 GS (OEM) GeForce GT 130
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 March 10, 2009
Code Name G84 G94b
Memory 256 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 500 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 12000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 48
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 55 nm
Transistors 289 million 505 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

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GeForce GT 130

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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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