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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) has a GPU clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 256 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R7 M360, which features core clock speeds of 1125 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R7 M360 should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 should be quite a bit (about 213%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 27000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18360 (213%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 M360 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 9000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 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 GS (OEM)

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

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Radeon R7 M360

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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