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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

Intro

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

Compare all that to the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB, which comes with core clock speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 112 SPUs along with 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 105 Watts
Difference: 58 Watts (123%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should in theory perform a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 57600 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 44800 (350%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GT 512MB should be a lot (about 289%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 33600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24960 (289%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 9600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5280 (122%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 July 2008
Code Name G84 G92a/b
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 600 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 105 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 57600 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 33600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 9600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 112
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 289 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - 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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GeForce 9800 GT 512MB

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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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