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

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 540 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 700 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 430 1GB should theoretically be much superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 in general. (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 a lot (approximately 30%) better at AF 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

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 should be much (approximately 54%) better at AA than the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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 maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 processed per second.

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

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