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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with a GPU core speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 1030, which has GPU core speed of 1265 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 384 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Difference: 17 Watts (57%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 1030 should in theory perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 36352 (284%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 should be a lot (more or less 369%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31840 (369%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15920 (369%)

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

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 1030

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 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 May 2017
Code Name G84 GP108-300
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1265 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 49152 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 40480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 20240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 16 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at 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 video card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many 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 GT 512MB DDR2

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 1030

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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