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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 540 MHz. The DDR2 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 400 MHz on this specific card. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R5 M230, which has clock speeds of 780 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R5 M230 should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R5 M230 will be quite a bit (approximately 81%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6960 (81%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 should be a lot (about 38%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R5 M230, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R5 M230 3120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1200 (38%)

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 GT 256MB DDR2

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Radeon R5 M230

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 Radeon R5 M230
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2014
Code Name G84 Jet Pro
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 15600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 3120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 320
Texture Mapping Units 16 20
Render Output Units 8 4
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 x8
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2

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Radeon R5 M230

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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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