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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon RX 5700

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5700, which has GPU core speed of 1465 MHz, and 8096 MB of GDDR6 memory running at 14000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2304 SPUs, 144 TAUs, 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
Radeon RX 5700 180 Watts
Difference: 133 Watts (283%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 5700 should be much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 458752 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 445952 (3484%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5700 is a lot (about 2342%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 210960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 202320 (2342%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5700 is much (approximately 2070%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 93760 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 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 512MB 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 512MB DDR2 Radeon RX 5700
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 July 2019
Code Name G84 Navi 10
Memory 512 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 max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling 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 chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. 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 many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 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.

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