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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs Radeon R9 M375X

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) has a clock speed of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 M375X, which features GPU core speed of 1015 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M375X, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 M375X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 59200 (463%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M375X will be a lot (more or less 370%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

Radeon R9 M375X 40600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31960 (370%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 M375X is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R9 M375X 16240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11920 (276%)

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 R9 M375X

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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 R9 M375X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2015
Code Name G84 Cape Verde
Memory 256 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1015 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 40600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 16240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

Amazon.com

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Radeon R9 M375X

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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