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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs GeForce GT 130

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) comes with a GPU core speed of 540 MHz, and the 256 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 130, which comes with GPU core speed of 500 MHz, and 768 MB of DDR2 memory set to run at 250 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 48 Stream Processors, 24 TAUs, 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

Theoretically, the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GT 130 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 should be a lot (approximately 39%) faster with regards to AF 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

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 130 is superior to the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM), by a large margin. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 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 clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum 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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