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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 540 MHz. The DDR2 memory works at a speed of 400 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 590, which has core speeds of 1469 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Difference: 128 Watts (272%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 590 should in theory be much better than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 249344 (1948%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be a lot (about 2348%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 202896 (2348%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be quite a bit (approximately 988%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42688 (988%)

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 RX 590

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 November 2018
Code Name G84 Polaris 30
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2304
Texture Mapping Units 16 144
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 12 nm
Transistors 289 million 5700 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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably 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 RX 590

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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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