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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 440 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 540 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 700 MHz on this card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 440 3GB, which has GPU clock speed of 594 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 144 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 24 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 47 Watts
GeForce GT 440 3GB 56 Watts
Difference: 9 Watts (19%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 440 3GB should in theory be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 43200 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 20800 (93%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 440 3GB will be much (more or less 65%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5616 (65%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 440 3GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 440 3GB 14256 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 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 GDDR3

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 GeForce GT 440 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 October 2010
Code Name G84 GF106
Memory 256 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 594 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 56 watts
Bandwidth 22400 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 GDDR3 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3

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GeForce GT 440 3GB

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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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