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GeForce 820M vs GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2

Intro

The GeForce 820M uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 719 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2, which has core clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 820M 15 Watts
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 47 Watts
Difference: 32 Watts (213%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce 820M should be 25% quicker than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce 820M 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 820M is a lot (more or less 33%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 820M 11504 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2864 (33%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 is quite a bit (approximately 50%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 820M, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 820M 2876 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1444 (50%)

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 820M

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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 820M GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year February 2014 April 2007
Code Name GF117 G84
Memory 2048 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 719 MHz 540 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 15 watts 47 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11504 Mtexels/sec 8640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2876 Mpixels/sec 4320 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 32
Texture Mapping Units 16 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 820M

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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2

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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