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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon VII

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features a GPU core clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon VII, which has core clock speeds of 1400 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 16384 MB of HBM2 memory. It features 3840 SPUs along with 240 TAUs 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon VII should in theory be much superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon VII is much (more or less 3789%) better at 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 should be much (about 1974%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (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 information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum 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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