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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon R9 M375

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M375, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1015 MHz, and 4096 MB of DDR3 RAM running at 1100 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 640 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon R9 M375 should be a little bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GTS in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M375 35200 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M375 is much (about 276%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

Radeon R9 M375 40600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 29800 (276%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M375 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 M375 16240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10840 (201%)

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 M375

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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 M375
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2015
Code Name G84 Cape Verde
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 1015 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 35200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 40600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 16240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 per second. This figure 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 video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of 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 GTS

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M375

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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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