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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 540 MHz. The DDR2 memory works at a speed of 400 MHz on this particular model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1500 MHz, and 6144 MB of GDDR6 memory running at 12000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (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 much (more or less 1567%) more effective at anisotropic filtering 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, by a large margin. (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.

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus 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 better the bandwidth is, 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 are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

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