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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon R9 Fury X

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with core clock 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 Radeon R9 Fury X, which features core speeds of 1050 MHz on the GPU, and 500 MHz on the 4096 MB of HBM memory. It features 4096 SPUs as well as 256 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon R9 Fury X 275 Watts
Difference: 228 Watts (485%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R9 Fury X should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 Fury X 512000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 499200 (3900%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 Fury X should be a lot (approximately 3011%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R9 Fury X 268800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 260160 (3011%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 Fury X is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon R9 Fury X 67200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 62880 (1456%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 Radeon R9 Fury X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2015
Code Name G84 Fiji XT
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 275 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 512000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 268800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 4096
Texture Mapping Units 16 256
Render Output Units 8 64
Bus Type DDR2 HBM
Bus Width 128-bit 4096-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 8900 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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Radeon R9 Fury X

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