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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 has a core clock frequency of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which features clock speeds of 1410 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 4864 SPUs as well as 152 TAUs and 80 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 200 Watts
Difference: 153 Watts (326%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 should in theory be a little bit superior to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in general. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (Unknown) MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (-100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti should be much (about 2381%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 214320 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 205680 (2381%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, by far. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 112800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 108480 (2511%)

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.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 December 2020
Code Name G84 GA104 Ampere
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1410 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec (Unknown) MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 214320 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 112800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 4864
Texture Mapping Units 16 152
Render Output Units 8 80
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 8 nm
Transistors 289 million 17400 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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel 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 max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

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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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