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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GT 130

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 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 130, which makes use of a 55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 500 MHz. The DDR2 RAM is set to run at a speed of 250 MHz on this specific card. It features 48 SPUs as well as 24 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GT 130 75 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 should theoretically be a little bit better than the GeForce GT 130 overall. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
GeForce GT 130 12000 MB/sec
Difference: 800 (7%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 is a lot (more or less 39%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 12000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3360 (39%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 130 should be much (about 85%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and also able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GT 130 8000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3680 (85%)

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 GT 130
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 March 10, 2009
Code Name G84 G94b
Memory 512 MB 768 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 500 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 12000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 12000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 8000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 48
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 55 nm
Transistors 289 million 505 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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