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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon HD 5570

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5570, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 650 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this model. It features 400(80x5) SPUs as well as 20 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

In theory, the GeForce 8600 GTS will be 11% quicker than the Radeon HD 5570 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (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 (about 20%) better at anisotropic filtering 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8600 GTS is superior to the Radeon HD 5570, but only just. (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

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GeForce 8600 GTS

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5570

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GTS Radeon HD 5570
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 February 9, 2010
Code Name G84 Redwood PRO
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 43 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 13000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 5200 Mpixels/sec
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
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 627 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

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

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