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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 has a clock speed of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which has core speeds of 1175 MHz on the GPU, and 7000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically, the Radeon RX 560 should be a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (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 a lot (about 770%) more effective at anisotropic 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 560 is a better choice, and very much so. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum 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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