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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce RTX 2060 Super

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 540 MHz. The DDR2 RAM works at a speed of 400 MHz on this particular model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce RTX 2060 Super, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1470 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory running at 14000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2176 Stream Processors, 136 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce RTX 2060 Super 175 Watts
Difference: 128 Watts (272%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce RTX 2060 Super should theoretically be a lot superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 Super 458752 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 445952 (3484%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2060 Super should be a lot (more or less 2214%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 Super 199920 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 191280 (2214%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 2060 Super is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2060 Super 94080 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 89760 (2078%)

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 RTX 2060 Super
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 July 2019
Code Name G84 TU106-410-A1
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1470 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 28000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 458752 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 199920 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 94080 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2176
Texture Mapping Units 16 136
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 12 nm
Transistors 289 million 10800 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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably 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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GeForce RTX 2060 Super

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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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