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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) comes with a GPU core clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 256 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R5 M230, which features GPU core speed of 780 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 320 Stream Processors, 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 be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general. (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R5 M230 should be much (approximately 81%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6960 (81%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) is superior to the Radeon R5 M230, by far. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 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 GS (OEM)

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

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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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