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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 1030, which has a core clock speed of 1265 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It is comprised 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

The GeForce GT 1030 should in theory be 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 is much (about 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

The GeForce GT 1030 is much (more or less 369%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the 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 can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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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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