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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GT 130

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 130, which makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 500 MHz. The DDR2 memory is set to run at a speed of 250 MHz on this specific card. It features 48 SPUs as well as 24 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
GeForce GT 130 75 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 is 7% quicker than the GeForce GT 130 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
GeForce GT 130 12000 MB/sec
Difference: 800 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 will be much (about 39%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 12000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3360 (39%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 is quite a bit (approximately 85%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 8000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 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 GT 512MB DDR2

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GeForce GT 130

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce GT 130
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 March 10, 2009
Code Name G84 G94b
Memory 512 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 max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling 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 chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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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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