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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 comes with a core clock frequency of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1382 MHz. The HBM2 RAM runs at a speed of 1890 MHz on this specific card. It features 4096 SPUs as well as 256 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition should be a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 in general. (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 is much (about 3995%) faster with regards to 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is the winner, 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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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 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 maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 applied per second. This number is worked out 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 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially 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 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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