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GeForce 8600 GTS vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS has core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6970, which has clock speeds of 880 MHz on the GPU, and 1375 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GTS 75 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 175 Watts (233%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon HD 6970 is 450% faster than the GeForce 8600 GTS overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 144000 (450%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6970 will be much (about 682%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 73680 (682%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6970 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22760 (421%)

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 GTS

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Radeon HD 6970

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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 GTS Radeon HD 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 December 2010
Code Name G84 Cayman XT
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1536
Texture Mapping Units 16 96
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

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

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GeForce 8600 GTS

Amazon.com

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Radeon HD 6970

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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