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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

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The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 540 MHz. The DDR2 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 400 MHz on this particular card. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1410 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 4864 SPUs along with 152 TAUs and 80 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 200 Watts
Difference: 153 Watts (326%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 should be a bit faster than the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (Unknown) MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (-100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti will be much (about 2381%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 214320 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 205680 (2381%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 112800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 December 2020
Code Name G84 GA104 Ampere
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1410 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 12800 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 DDR2 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels 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 clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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