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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs Radeon RX 6800

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 540 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 700 MHz on this particular model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6800, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1700 MHz, and 16384 MB of GDDR6 RAM set to run at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 3840 Stream Processors, 240 TAUs, and 96 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 47 Watts
Radeon RX 6800 250 Watts
Difference: 203 Watts (432%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 6800 should in theory perform a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 6800 524288 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 501888 (2241%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6800 should be quite a bit (more or less 4622%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon RX 6800 408000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 399360 (4622%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 6800 will be quite a bit (approximately 3678%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Radeon RX 6800 163200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 158880 (3678%)

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 GDDR3

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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 GDDR3 Radeon RX 6800
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 November 2020
Code Name G84 Navi 21
Memory 1024 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1700 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 4000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 524288 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 408000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 163200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 3840
Texture Mapping Units 16 240
Render Output Units 8 96
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 7 nm
Transistors 289 million 26800 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3

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Radeon RX 6800

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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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