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GeForce 8500 GT vs Radeon R7 M360

Intro

The GeForce 8500 GT has a GPU clock speed of 450 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM is set to run at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 16 Stream Processors, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R7 M360, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1125 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon R7 M360 should theoretically be quite a bit superior to the GeForce 8500 GT overall. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 16000 MB/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (25%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 M360 should be a lot (more or less 650%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8500 GT. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 27000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 3600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23400 (650%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R7 M360 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon R7 M360 9000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8500 GT 1800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 7200 (400%)

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 8500 GT Radeon R7 M360
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2007 2015
Code Name G86 Oland
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 1125 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 3600 Mtexels/sec 27000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 1800 Mpixels/sec 9000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 384
Texture Mapping Units 8 24
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR2 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 28 nm
Transistors 210 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI, PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range 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 amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 that the graphics chip 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 number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 8500 GT

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Radeon R7 M360

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