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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 vs Radeon HD 3650

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 comes with core clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 700 MHz on the 256 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 3650, which comes with GPU core speed of 725 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR4 RAM running at 800 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 120(24x5) SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 3650 will be 14% quicker than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 should be a lot (more or less 49%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3650. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 is superior to the Radeon HD 3650, by far. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 3650 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 256MB GDDR3

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Radeon HD 3650

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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 256MB GDDR3 Radeon HD 3650
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2008
Code Name G84 RV635 PRO
Memory 256 MB 1024 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 GDDR4
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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels 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 a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3

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Radeon HD 3650

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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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