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GeForce 8600 GTS vs GeForce GTX 570

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS features core speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 570, which has a core clock frequency of 732 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 950 MHz. It also uses a 320-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 480 SPUs, 60 Texture Address Units, and 40 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GTS 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 570 219 Watts
Difference: 144 Watts (192%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 570 is 375% faster than the GeForce 8600 GTS overall, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 152000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 120000 (375%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 570 will be much (approximately 307%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 43920 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 33120 (307%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 570 will be much (more or less 442%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GTS, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 29280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 23880 (442%)

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 GTS

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GTS GeForce GTX 570
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 December 2010
Code Name G84 GF110
Memory 512 MB 1280 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 732 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 3800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 219 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 152000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 43920 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 29280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 480
Texture Mapping Units 16 60
Render Output Units 8 40
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 320-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 3000 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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GTS

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GeForce GTX 570

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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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