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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 210

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 comes with core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 700 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 210, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 589 MHz, and 512 MB of DDR3 memory set to run at 800 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 210 31 Watts
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 47 Watts
Difference: 16 Watts (52%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 is 75% faster than the GeForce GT 210 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 210 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 9600 (75%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 will be much (more or less 83%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 210. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 210 4712 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3928 (83%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 is superior to the GeForce GT 210, by far. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 210 2356 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1964 (83%)

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 512MB GDDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 210

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 GeForce GT 210
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 October 2009
Code Name G84 GT218
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 589 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 1600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 12800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 4712 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 2356 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 16
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 260 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount 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 applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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