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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) vs GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) comes with a core clock frequency of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 460 (OEM), which comes with a clock speed of 650 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 850 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 336 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 150 Watts
Difference: 103 Watts (219%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 108800 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 96000 (750%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) should be much (approximately 321%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 36400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27760 (321%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) will be a lot (more or less 381%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8600 GS (OEM), and also capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 (OEM) 20800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GS (OEM) 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16480 (381%)

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 GS (OEM)

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GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

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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 GS (OEM) GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 October 2010
Code Name G84 GF104
Memory 256 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 650 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 108800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 36400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 20800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 336
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 1950 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 max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GS (OEM)

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GeForce GTX 460 (OEM)

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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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