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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 vs Radeon R7 360

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The GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 features a clock frequency of 540 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 700 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It is comprised of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 360, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1625 MHz on this card. It features 768 SPUs as well as 48 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 47 Watts
Radeon R7 360 100 Watts
Difference: 53 Watts (113%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R7 360 is 364% faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 104000 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 81600 (364%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 360 should be quite a bit (approximately 483%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 50400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 41760 (483%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 360 is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R7 360 16800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12480 (289%)

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 256MB GDDR3 Radeon R7 360
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2015
Code Name G84 Tobago
Memory 256 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 6500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 104000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 50400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 16800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 768
Texture Mapping Units 16 48
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 289 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 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 AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce 8600 GT 256MB GDDR3

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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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