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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with a GPU clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 560, which comes with GPU core speed of 1175 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 7000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1024 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Difference: 33 Watts (70%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 560 should theoretically be quite a bit better than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 101888 (796%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 is much (about 770%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 66560 (770%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 is a lot (more or less 335%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14480 (335%)

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 RX 560

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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 RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 May 2017
Code Name G84 Baffin
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1024
Texture Mapping Units 16 64
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 14 nm
Transistors 289 million 3000 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 maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 560

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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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