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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon VII

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 540 MHz. The DDR2 memory works at a speed of 400 MHz on this card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon VII, which has GPU clock speed of 1400 MHz, and 16384 MB of HBM2 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 4096-bit bus. It also is made up of 3840 Stream Processors, 240 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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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, the Radeon VII should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon VII will be quite a bit (about 3789%) more effective at AF 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 should be much (about 1974%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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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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.

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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential 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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