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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon HD 4670 512MB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 4670 512MB, which uses a 55 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 750 MHz. The GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2 memory works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 320(64x5) SPUs as well as 32 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 4670 512MB 70 Watts
GeForce 8600 GTS 75 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4670 512MB will be much (about 122%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

Radeon HD 4670 512MB 24000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13200 (122%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 4670 512MB is a bit (more or less 11%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GTS, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon HD 4670 512MB 6000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 600 (11%)

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 HD 4670 512MB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GTS Radeon HD 4670 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 Sep 10, 2008
Code Name G84 RV730 XT
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 70 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 24000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 6000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 320(64x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 8
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4/GDDR3/DDR3/DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 55 nm
Transistors 289 million 514 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16, AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range 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 calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of 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 fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GTS

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Radeon HD 4670 512MB

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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 GTS vs Radeon HD 4670 512MB”
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