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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 540 MHz. The DDR2 RAM works at a speed of 400 MHz on this particular model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1096 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 SPUs, 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 960M 65 Watts
Difference: 18 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 960M should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 64000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 51200 (400%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M will be quite a bit (more or less 407%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35200 (407%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13216 (306%)

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 960M

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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 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 March 12 2015
Code Name G84 GM107
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

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GeForce GTX 960M

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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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