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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 1030

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 features a core clock speed of 540 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 700 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and uses 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 GT 1030, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1265 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1502 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 Stream Processors, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 47 Watts
Difference: 17 Watts (57%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GT 1030 should theoretically be much better than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
Difference: 26752 (119%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 is much (more or less 369%) better at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 31840 (369%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 should be much (approximately 369%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15920 (369%)

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 1GB GDDR3 GeForce GT 1030
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 May 2017
Code Name G84 GP108-300
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1265 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec 49152 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 40480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 20240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 16 nm
Transistors 289 million 3300 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 (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at 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 that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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