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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon Vega Frontier Edition

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features a GPU core clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1382 MHz and a HBM2 memory speed of 1890 MHz. It also uses a 2048-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 4096 SPUs, 256 Texture Address Units, 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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition should in theory be quite a bit better 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 is quite a bit (more or less 3995%) more effective 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, by far. (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

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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 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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also 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 ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 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.

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