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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which features core clock speeds of 1500 MHz on the GPU, and 12000 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 120 Watts
Difference: 73 Watts (155%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 282112 (2204%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is quite a bit (about 1567%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 135360 (1567%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 67680 (1567%)

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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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 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 February 2019
Code Name G84 TU116-400-A1
Memory 512 MB 6144 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1500 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 24000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 294912 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 144000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 72000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1536
Texture Mapping Units 16 96
Render Output Units 8 48
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 12 nm
Transistors 289 million 6600 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one 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. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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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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