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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce RTX 2070

Intro

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

Compare that to the GeForce RTX 2070, which features clock speeds of 1410 MHz on the GPU, and 14 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce RTX 2070 175 Watts
Difference: 128 Watts (272%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce RTX 2070 should in theory be much better than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2070 458752 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 445952 (3484%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2070 is much (approximately 2250%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2070 203040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 194400 (2250%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2070 will be a lot (about 1989%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2070 90240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 85920 (1989%)

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

GeForce RTX 2070

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 GeForce RTX 2070
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 September 2018
Code Name G84 TU104-350
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1410 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 28 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 458752 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 203040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 90240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2304
Texture Mapping Units 16 144
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 12 nm
Transistors 289 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 fill 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 get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

Amazon.com

GeForce RTX 2070

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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