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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 comes with a core clock frequency of 540 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 700 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1382 MHz, and 16384 MB of HBM2 memory set to run at 1890 MHz through a 2048-bit bus. It also is comprised of 4096 SPUs, 256 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 47 Watts
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 300 Watts
Difference: 253 Watts (538%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is 2112% faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 495452 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 473052 (2112%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will be quite a bit (about 3995%) better at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 353792 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 345152 (3995%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition will be much (more or less 1947%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 88448 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 84128 (1947%)

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 GDDR3

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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 GDDR3 Radeon Vega Frontier Edition
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2017
Code Name G84 Vega 10 XTX
Memory 512 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1382 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 1890 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 495452 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 353792 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 88448 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 4096
Texture Mapping Units 16 256
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type GDDR3 HBM2
Bus Width 128-bit 2048-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 14 nm
Transistors 289 million 12500 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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3

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Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

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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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