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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 540 MHz. The DDR2 RAM is set to run at a speed of 400 MHz on this particular model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R7 M360, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1125 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 M360 should perform much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 is a lot (about 213%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 27000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18360 (213%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 will be a lot (more or less 108%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2, and able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 9000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4680 (108%)

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 GT 256MB DDR2

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 Radeon R7 M360
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2015
Code Name G84 Oland
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1125 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 27000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 9000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2

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Radeon R7 M360

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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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