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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs Radeon RX 5700 XT

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 540 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 700 MHz on this particular card. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5700 XT, which features a core clock speed of 1605 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 14000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 7 nm design. It features 2560 SPUs, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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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

The Radeon RX 5700 XT should in theory perform much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall. (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 will be much (approximately 2872%) better 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 superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3, by far. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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