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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 vs GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 540 MHz. The DDR2 memory runs at a speed of 400 MHz on this specific card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 440 1.5GB, which has core speeds of 594 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 144 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 56 Watts
Difference: 9 Watts (19%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB should in theory perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 43200 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 30400 (238%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB should be quite a bit (approximately 65%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5616 (65%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 440 1.5GB is quite a bit (approximately 230%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 1.5GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9936 (230%)

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 DDR2

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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

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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 256MB DDR2 GeForce GT 440 1.5GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 October 2010
Code Name G84 GF106
Memory 256 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 594 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 56 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 43200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 14256 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 14256 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 144
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 24
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 1170 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 maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR2

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GeForce GT 440 1.5GB

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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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