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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1670 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units 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

The Radeon RX 5500 should theoretically perform much 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 is a lot (approximately 1601%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2, and very much so. (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 megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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