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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs Radeon RX 5700 XT

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 features a GPU clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 700 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5700 XT, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1605 MHz, and 8096 MB of GDDR6 RAM set to run at 14000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2560 Stream Processors, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 47 Watts
Radeon RX 5700 XT 225 Watts
Difference: 178 Watts (379%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 5700 XT should perform much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 XT 458752 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 436352 (1948%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5700 XT is a lot (about 2872%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 XT 256800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 248160 (2872%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5700 XT is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 5700 XT 102720 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 98400 (2278%)

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 GDDR3

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Radeon RX 5700 XT

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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 GDDR3 Radeon RX 5700 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 July 2019
Code Name G84 Navi 10
Memory 1024 MB 8096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1605 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 28000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 225 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 458752 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 256800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 102720 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2560
Texture Mapping Units 16 160
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type GDDR3 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 information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out 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 graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could 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 ROPs by the clock 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 5700 XT

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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