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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon RX 570

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 has clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 570, which comes with clock speeds of 1168 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon RX 570 150 Watts
Difference: 103 Watts (219%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 570 should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 570 229376 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 216576 (1692%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 570 is quite a bit (more or less 1630%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon RX 570 149504 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 140864 (1630%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 570 should be a lot (about 765%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 570 37376 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 33056 (765%)

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 GT 512MB DDR2

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Radeon RX 570

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 Radeon RX 570
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 April 2017
Code Name G84 Polaris 20
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1168 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 149504 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 37376 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2048
Texture Mapping Units 16 128
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 14 nm
Transistors 289 million 5700 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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 570

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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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