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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon R5 M230

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 700 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R5 M230, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 780 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the Radeon R5 M230 overall. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Radeon R5 M230 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (40%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R5 M230 should be quite a bit (approximately 81%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R5 M230 15600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6960 (81%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 should be a lot (about 38%) more effective at AA than the Radeon R5 M230, and able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 Radeon R5 M230
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2014
Code Name G84 Jet Pro
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 22400 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 GDDR3 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 max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3

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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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