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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs Radeon HD 3650 256MB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 features a clock speed of 540 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 700 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 3650 256MB, which has core speeds of 725 MHz on the GPU, and 800 MHz on the 256 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 120(24x5) SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 47 Watts
Radeon HD 3650 256MB 78 Watts
Difference: 31 Watts (66%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 3650 256MB should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 3650 256MB 25600 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 should be a lot (approximately 49%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3650 256MB. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3650 256MB 5800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2840 (49%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 is superior to the Radeon HD 3650 256MB, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3650 256MB 2900 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1420 (49%)

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 GDDR3

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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 GDDR3 Radeon HD 3650 256MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2008
Code Name G84 RV635 PRO
Memory 512 MB 256 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 78 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 25600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 5800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 2900 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 120(24x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 55 nm
Transistors 289 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16/AGP 8x
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends 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 get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3

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Radeon HD 3650 256MB

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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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