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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 1070

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 has a GPU core speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 1070, which comes with core clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
Difference: 103 Watts (219%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1070 should be 1948% quicker than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 249344 (1948%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 should be much (approximately 1992%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 172080 (1992%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 will be much (about 2131%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 92064 (2131%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce GTX 1070
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 June 2016
Code Name G84 GP104-200
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1506 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 180720 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 96384 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1920
Texture Mapping Units 16 120
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 number of texture units 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 per second.

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

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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GeForce GTX 1070

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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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