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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with a clock speed of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 1030, which has a clock frequency of 1265 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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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

In theory, the GeForce GT 1030 will be 284% faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 is quite a bit (approximately 369%) faster with regards to AF 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 running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and very much so. (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

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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units 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 in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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GeForce GT 1030

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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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