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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs GeForce 930M

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) comes with core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce 930M, which has GPU core speed of 928 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 900 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 930M, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general. (explain)

GeForce 930M 14400 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 930M should be much (about 158%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce 930M 22272 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13632 (158%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 930M should be a lot (approximately 72%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM), and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 930M 7424 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3104 (72%)

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 930M

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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 930M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 March 12 2015
Code Name G84 GM108
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 928 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 14400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 22272 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 7424 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant 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 GS (OEM)

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GeForce 930M

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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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