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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 vs GeForce GTX 570

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 540 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 700 MHz on this model. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 570, which has core clock speeds of 732 MHz on the GPU, and 950 MHz on the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 TAUs and 40 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 570 219 Watts
Difference: 172 Watts (366%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 570 should be much faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 152000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 129600 (579%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 570 will be a lot (about 408%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 43920 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35280 (408%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 570 is much (more or less 578%) better at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 570 29280 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24960 (578%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 GeForce GTX 570
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 December 2010
Code Name G84 GF110
Memory 512 MB 1280 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 732 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 3800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 219 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 152000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 43920 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics 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 colour ROPs by the clock 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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