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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 has a GPU core clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 1024 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 32 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 5500, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1670 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1408 Stream Processors, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon RX 5500 150 Watts
Difference: 103 Watts (219%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon RX 5500 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 229376 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 216576 (1692%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 will be much (more or less 1601%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 138320 (1601%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 is a lot (about 1137%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 49120 (1137%)

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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Radeon RX 5500

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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 Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 October 2019
Code Name G84 Navi 14 XT
Memory 1024 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1408
Texture Mapping Units 16 88
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 7 nm
Transistors 289 million 6400 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 information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 5500

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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