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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 1050

Intro

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

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 1050, which uses a 14 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1354 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 TAUs and 32 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 1050 75 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1050 should perform much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 114688 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 101888 (796%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 should be much (about 527%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 54160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 45520 (527%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 should be a lot (approximately 903%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 43328 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 39008 (903%)

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 1050
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 October 2016
Code Name G84 GP107-300
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1354 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 54160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 43328 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 14 nm
Transistors 289 million 3300 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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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GeForce GTX 1050

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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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