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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 540 MHz. The DDR2 memory runs at a frequency of 400 MHz on this particular card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which has clock speeds of 1410 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 4864 SPUs along with 152 Texture Address Units 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

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 should theoretically be a bit faster than the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in general. (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%) better at 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

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti should be quite a bit (approximately 2511%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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