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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB comes with a clock speed of 650 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It features 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, which features a core clock speed of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It features 1152 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 40 Watts
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (200%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should theoretically perform much faster than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 190208 (2972%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is much (approximately 1985%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 5200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 103232 (1985%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 2600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 69688 (2680%)

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 8400 GS 512MB GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2007 August 2016
Code Name G86 GP106-300
Memory 512 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 1506 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 196608 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 108432 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 72288 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 1152
Texture Mapping Units 8 72
Render Output Units 4 48
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 16 nm
Transistors 210 million 4400 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied 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 higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock 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, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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