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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon VII

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon VII, which comes with a clock frequency of 1400 MHz and a HBM2 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 4096-bit memory bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 3840 SPUs, 240 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon VII 295 Watts
Difference: 248 Watts (528%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon VII will be 8092% quicker than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon VII 1048576 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 1035776 (8092%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon VII is much (about 3789%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon VII 336000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 327360 (3789%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon VII is much (about 1974%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon VII 89600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 85280 (1974%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 Radeon VII
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2019
Code Name G84 Vega 20 XT
Memory 512 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1400 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 295 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 1048576 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 336000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 89600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 3840
Texture Mapping Units 16 240
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type DDR2 HBM2
Bus Width 128-bit 4096-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 7 nm
Transistors 289 million 13230 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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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Radeon VII

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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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