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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce RTX 3090

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 has core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the GeForce RTX 3090, which uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1395 MHz. The GDDR6X RAM is set to run at a speed of 1219 MHz on this card. It features 10496 SPUs along with 328 Texture Address Units and 112 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce RTX 3090 350 Watts
Difference: 303 Watts (645%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 3090, in theory, should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3090 958668 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 945868 (7390%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3090 should be a lot (approximately 5196%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3090 457560 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 448920 (5196%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3090 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3090 156240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 151920 (3517%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce RTX 3090
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 September 2020
Code Name G84 GA102-300-A1
Memory 512 MB 24576 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1395 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2438 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 350 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 958668 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 457560 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 156240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 10496
Texture Mapping Units 16 328
Render Output Units 8 112
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6X
Bus Width 128-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 8 nm
Transistors 289 million 28300 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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GeForce RTX 3090

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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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