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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs Radeon R9 M295X

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) has core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M295X, which features clock speeds of 750 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 47 Watts
Radeon R9 M295X 125 Watts
Difference: 78 Watts (166%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M295X should in theory be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 176000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 163200 (1275%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M295X is quite a bit (about 1011%) better at AF than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 96000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 87360 (1011%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M295X is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 M295X 24000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19680 (456%)

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)

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M295X

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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 R9 M295X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2014
Code Name G84 Unknown
Memory 256 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 96000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 24000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2048
Texture Mapping Units 16 128
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

Display Prices

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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M295X

Amazon.com

Check prices at:

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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