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GeForce 810M vs GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

Intro

The GeForce 810M uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 738 MHz. The DDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 48 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, which has GPU core speed of 540 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR2 memory set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 810M 15 Watts
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Difference: 32 Watts (213%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 810M should in theory be just a bit superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce 810M 14400 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 will be much (more or less 46%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 810M. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 810M 5904 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2736 (46%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 will be much (about 46%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 810M, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 810M 2952 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1368 (46%)

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 810M

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 810M GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year February 2014 April 2007
Code Name GF117 G84
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 738 MHz 540 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 15 watts 47 watts
Bandwidth 14400 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5904 Mtexels/sec 8640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2952 Mpixels/sec 4320 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 48 32
Texture Mapping Units 8 16
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR3 DDR2
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 80 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 289 million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high 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 better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 810M

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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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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