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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon R9 M375

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 675 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M375, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1015 MHz. The DDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this particular card. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R9 M375 should in theory be a small bit superior to the GeForce 8600 GTS overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M375 will be much (about 276%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M375 is a better choice, and very much so. (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 (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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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.

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