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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon HD 5570

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 5570, which has a core clock frequency of 650 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 400(80x5) SPUs, 20 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 5570 43 Watts
GeForce 8600 GTS 75 Watts
Difference: 32 Watts (74%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 8600 GTS, in theory, should perform just a bit faster than the Radeon HD 5570 in general. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GTS 32000 MB/sec
Radeon HD 5570 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (11%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5570 will be just a bit (more or less 20%) better at AF than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

Radeon HD 5570 13000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2200 (20%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 8600 GTS is superior to the Radeon HD 5570, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 5570 5200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 200 (4%)

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

GeForce 8600 GTS

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5570

Amazon.com

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Specifications

Model GeForce 8600 GTS Radeon HD 5570
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 February 9, 2010
Code Name G84 Redwood PRO
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 650 MHz
Shader Speed 1450 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 1000 MHz (2000 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 32 400(80x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 20
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 43 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 13000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably 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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