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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce GTX 1060 3GB


Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB has a core clock speed of 650 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is made up of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, which features GPU core speed of 1506 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 40 Watts
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (200%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be much faster than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 190208 (2972%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be quite a bit (more or less 1985%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 5200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 103232 (1985%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 2600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 69688 (2680%)

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 8400 GS 512MB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

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 8400 GS 512MB GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2007 August 2016
Code Name G86 GP106-300
Memory 512 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1506 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 196608 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 108432 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 72288 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 1152
Texture Mapping Units 8 72
Render Output Units 4 48
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 16 nm
Transistors 210 million 4400 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

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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