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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 features core clock speeds of 540 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. It features 32 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, which uses a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1575 MHz. The GDDR6X RAM runs at a speed of 1188 MHz on this card. It features 6144 SPUs as well as 192 TAUs and 96 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 290 Watts
Difference: 243 Watts (517%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 622899 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 610099 (4766%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti will be quite a bit (more or less 3400%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 302400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 293760 (3400%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3070 Ti should be much (about 3400%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 151200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 146880 (3400%)

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 3070 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 June 2021
Code Name G84 Ampere GA104-400-A1
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1575 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 2376 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 290 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 622899 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 302400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 151200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 6144
Texture Mapping Units 16 192
Render Output Units 8 96
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6X
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 MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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