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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

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The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 540 MHz. The DDR2 RAM is set to run at a speed of 400 MHz on this specific model. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs 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 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 4864 SPUs along with 152 Texture Address Units and 80 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 should be -100% quicker than the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (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 should be quite a bit (about 2381%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 screen 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few 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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