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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 280

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with core speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 280, which comes with a core clock speed of 602 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1107 MHz. It also features a 512-bit bus, and uses a 65 nm design. It is made up of 240 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 280 236 Watts
Difference: 189 Watts (402%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 280 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 141696 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 128896 (1007%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 280 should be a lot (about 457%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 48160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 39520 (457%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 280 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 280 19264 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14944 (346%)

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 DDR2 GeForce GTX 280
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 June 17, 2008
Code Name G84 G200
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 602 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2214 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 236 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 141696 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 48160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 19264 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 240
Texture Mapping Units 16 80
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 65 nm
Transistors 289 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many 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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