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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs GeForce 930M

Intro

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

Compare that to the GeForce 930M, which has a GPU core clock speed of 928 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 384 SPUs, 24 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 930M should be 13% faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 930M should be quite a bit (more or less 158%) more effective at anisotropic 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 quite a bit (approximately 72%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM), and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better 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 in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total 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 processed in one second.

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

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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

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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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