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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which features GPU clock speed of 1382 MHz, and 16384 MB of HBM2 RAM set to run at 1890 MHz through a 2048-bit bus. It also is made up of 4096 Stream Processors, 256 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 300 Watts
Difference: 253 Watts (538%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition should in theory be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 495452 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 482652 (3771%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition should be much (approximately 3995%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 353792 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 345152 (3995%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 88448 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 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 512MB DDR2

Amazon.com

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Amazon.com

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 DDR2 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 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 data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few 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 DDR2

Amazon.com

Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Amazon.com

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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