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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 430 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 540 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM works at a speed of 700 MHz on this particular model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which features core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 47 Watts
GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
Difference: 13 Watts (28%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 430 1GB is 29% faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 6400 (29%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 1GB is much (approximately 30%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2560 (30%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1520 (54%)

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 256MB GDDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 430 1GB

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 GeForce GT 430 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 October 2010
Code Name G84 GF108
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 16
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 585 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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