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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 features core clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 1024 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512, which makes use of a 65 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 550 MHz. The DDR2 RAM runs at a frequency of 500 MHz on this specific model. It features 96 SPUs along with 48 Texture Address Units and 12 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 84 Watts
Difference: 37 Watts (79%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 should be quite a bit (approximately 206%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 26400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17760 (206%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512 6600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2280 (53%)

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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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 GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 September 2008
Code Name G84 G92
Memory 1024 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 84 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 26400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 6600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
Render Output Units 8 12
Bus Type DDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 65 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 (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. 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 card's memory bandwidth, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at 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 record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many 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 DDR2

Amazon.com

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GeForce 9600 GSO ASUS 512

Amazon.com

Check prices at:

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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