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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs Radeon R9 M375X

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 540 MHz. The DDR2 RAM works at a frequency of 400 MHz on this specific card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M375X, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1015 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1125 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 640 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M375X should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M375X should be much (approximately 370%) faster with regards to 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 high levels of AA 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 max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has 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 AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum 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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