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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 has a core clock frequency of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, which has GPU core speed of 1392 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 96-bit bus. It also is made up of 768 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 24 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 75 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB should be 572% quicker than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 86016 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 73216 (572%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB is quite a bit (approximately 673%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 66816 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 58176 (673%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1050 3GB will be much (more or less 673%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1050 3GB 33408 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 29088 (673%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce GTX 1050 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 May 2018
Code Name G84 GP107
Memory 512 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1392 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 86016 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 66816 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 33408 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 768
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
Render Output Units 8 24
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 96-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 14 nm
Transistors 289 million 3300 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the 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 most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory 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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GeForce GTX 1050 3GB

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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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