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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 1080

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with a clock speed of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 1080, which comes with GPU core speed of 1607 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR5X memory running at 1251 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 1080 180 Watts
Difference: 133 Watts (283%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1080, in theory, should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 327680 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 314880 (2460%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 is a lot (more or less 2876%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 257120 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 248480 (2876%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1080 will be much (about 2281%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1080 102848 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 98528 (2281%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce GTX 1080
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 May 2016
Code Name G84 GP104-400
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1607 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 10008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 327680 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 257120 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 102848 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2560
Texture Mapping Units 16 160
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5X
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 16 nm
Transistors 289 million 7200 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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GeForce GTX 1080

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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.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 1080”
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Best comparasion ever

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