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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features a core clock speed of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It features 32 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which comes with a core clock frequency of 975 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1400 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
Difference: 63 Watts (134%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon R7 370 2G will be 1300% faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 166400 (1300%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 370 2G should be much (about 622%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 53760 (622%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R7 370 2G will be much (about 622%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 26880 (622%)

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 R7 370 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 June 2015
Code Name G84 Trinidad
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 1024
Texture Mapping Units 16 64
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-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 max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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Radeon R7 370 2G

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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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