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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon HD 4870 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with core clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4870 512MB, which features GPU core speed of 750 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 800(160x5) SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon HD 4870 512MB 150 Watts
Difference: 103 Watts (219%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 4870 512MB, in theory, should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 512MB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 102400 (800%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4870 512MB is much (more or less 247%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 512MB 30000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 21360 (247%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4870 512MB will be much (about 178%) better at AA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon HD 4870 512MB 12000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7680 (178%)

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 512MB DDR2

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

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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 GT 512MB DDR2 Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G84 RV770 XT
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 30000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 12000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 55 nm
Transistors 289 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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Radeon HD 4870 512MB

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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