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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 clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 1030, which features a core clock speed of 1265 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 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

Theoretically, the GeForce GT 1030 should perform much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 will be much (about 369%) better at 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, 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

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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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 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, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach 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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