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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs Geforce GTX 1080 Ti

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The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 has a clock speed of 540 MHz and a DDR2 memory frequency of 400 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 80 nm design. It is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Geforce GTX 1080 Ti, which makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1480 MHz. The GDDR5X RAM is set to run at a speed of 1376 MHz on this specific model. It features 3584 SPUs along with 224 TAUs and 88 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
Geforce GTX 1080 Ti 250 Watts
Difference: 203 Watts (432%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 1080 Ti should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 1080 Ti 495616 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 482816 (3772%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 1080 Ti is a lot (approximately 3737%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

Geforce GTX 1080 Ti 331520 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 322880 (3737%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 1080 Ti is superior to the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, by far. (explain)

Geforce GTX 1080 Ti 130240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 125920 (2915%)

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 GTX 1080 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 March 2017
Code Name G84 GP102
Memory 512 MB 11264 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1480 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 11008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 495616 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 331520 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 130240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 3584
Texture Mapping Units 16 224
Render Output Units 8 88
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR5X
Bus Width 128-bit 352-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 16 nm
Transistors 289 million 12000 million
Bus PCIe x16 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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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