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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 has core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 1024 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1382 MHz. The HBM2 RAM works at a speed of 1890 MHz on this particular card. It features 4096 SPUs along with 256 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 300 Watts
Difference: 253 Watts (538%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition should theoretically be a lot better than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 495452 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 482652 (3771%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition should be much (more or less 3995%) better at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 353792 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 345152 (3995%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 88448 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 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 1GB DDR2

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Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 Radeon Vega Frontier Edition
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2017
Code Name G84 Vega 10 XTX
Memory 1024 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1382 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1890 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 12800 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 DDR2 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at 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 card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2

Amazon.com

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Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Amazon.com

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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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