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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 1060 3GB


Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features a GPU clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, which makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Difference: 73 Watts (155%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should theoretically be a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 183808 (1436%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be much (more or less 1155%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 99792 (1155%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be quite a bit (more or less 1573%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 67968 (1573%)

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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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 August 2016
Code Name G84 GP106-300
Memory 512 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1506 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 196608 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 108432 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 72288 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1152
Texture Mapping Units 16 72
Render Output Units 8 48
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 16 nm
Transistors 289 million 4400 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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