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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon RX 5700

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 comes with core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 1024 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5700, which has a core clock frequency of 1465 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 14000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 5700 should in theory be a lot better 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 (more or less 2342%) better at texture filtering 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

The Radeon RX 5700 should be quite a bit (about 2070%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2, and able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. 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 lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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