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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon R9 M365X

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M365X, which has GPU core speed of 925 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 M365X should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 8600 GTS overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M365X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 40000 (125%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M365X should be a lot (more or less 243%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

Radeon R9 M365X 37000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26200 (243%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M365X should be much (more or less 174%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GTS, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R9 M365X 14800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9400 (174%)

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

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Radeon R9 M365X

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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 GTS Radeon R9 M365X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2015
Code Name G84 Cape Verde
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 37000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 14800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-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 largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. 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 output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GTS

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M365X

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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