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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs GeForce GTX 950M

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 as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 950M, which comes with core speeds of 914 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 950M 55 Watts
Difference: 8 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 950M is 150% faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 32000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (150%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M should be quite a bit (about 323%) better at AF than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 36560 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27920 (323%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M should be much (about 239%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM), and able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 14624 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10304 (239%)

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 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 GS (OEM) GeForce GTX 950M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 March 12 2015
Code Name G84 GM107
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 914 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 55 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 36560 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 14624 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

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GeForce GTX 950M

Amazon.com

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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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