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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) has a core clock frequency of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 M360, which features a clock speed of 1125 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 64-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R7 M360 should theoretically be a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 is a lot (more or less 213%) faster with regards to texture 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 screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 M360 is the winner, by far. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to 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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