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GeForce 8600 GTS vs GeForce GTX 950M

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS features core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 950M, which has GPU clock speed of 914 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950M 55 Watts
GeForce 8600 GTS 75 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (36%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M should be a lot (more or less 239%) better at AF than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 36560 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 25760 (239%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M will be quite a bit (more or less 171%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GTS, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 14624 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9224 (171%)

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 GTS

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GeForce GTX 950M

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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 GTS GeForce GTX 950M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 March 12 2015
Code Name G84 GM107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 914 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 55 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 36560 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 14624 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-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 data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GTS

Amazon.com

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GeForce GTX 950M

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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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