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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 has core clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 700 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1410 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 4864 SPUs along with 152 TAUs and 80 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 47 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 200 Watts
Difference: 153 Watts (326%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 should in theory be a little bit superior to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 22400 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (Unknown) MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (-100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti should be a lot (more or less 2381%) better at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 214320 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 205680 (2381%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti should be much (more or less 2511%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 112800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 108480 (2511%)

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 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3 GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 December 2020
Code Name G84 GA104 Ampere
Memory 1024 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1410 MHz
Memory Speed 1400 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 22400 MB/sec (Unknown) MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 214320 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 112800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 4864
Texture Mapping Units 16 152
Render Output Units 8 80
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 8 nm
Transistors 289 million 17400 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.6

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

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 1GB GDDR3

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