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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 vs Radeon RX 5600 XT

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 540 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 700 MHz on this model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5600 XT, which features GPU clock speed of 1375 MHz, and 6144 MB of GDDR6 memory running at 1500 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 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 256MB GDDR3 47 Watts
Radeon RX 5600 XT 160 Watts
Difference: 113 Watts (240%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 5600 XT should in theory be much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 344064 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 321664 (1436%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5600 XT is much (approximately 2192%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 198000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 189360 (2192%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5600 XT is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 5600 XT 88000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 83680 (1937%)

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 256MB GDDR3

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Radeon RX 5600 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 256MB GDDR3 Radeon RX 5600 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 January 2020
Code Name G84 Navi 10 XLE
Memory 256 MB 6144 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1375 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 3000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 344064 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 198000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 88000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2304
Texture Mapping Units 16 144
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 192-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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range 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 number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3

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Radeon RX 5600 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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