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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon RX 5700

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 features a clock speed of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5700, which has core speeds of 1465 MHz on the GPU, and 14000 MHz on the 8096 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon RX 5700 180 Watts
Difference: 133 Watts (283%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon RX 5700 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 458752 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 445952 (3484%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5700 will be a lot (about 2342%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 210960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 202320 (2342%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5700 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 93760 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 89440 (2070%)

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 1GB DDR2

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Radeon RX 5700

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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 1GB DDR2 Radeon RX 5700
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 July 2019
Code Name G84 Navi 10
Memory 1024 MB 8096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1465 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 28000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 458752 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 210960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 93760 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2304
Texture Mapping Units 16 144
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 7 nm
Transistors 289 million 10300 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially 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 1GB DDR2

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 5700

Amazon.com

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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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