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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce RTX 3050

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 540 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory runs at 400 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 32 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce RTX 3050, which comes with core clock speeds of 1552 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2560 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 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 3050 130 Watts
Difference: 83 Watts (177%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 3050 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 216576 (1692%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 will be much (more or less 1337%) better at AF than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 115520 (1337%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3050 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 45344 (1050%)

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 512MB DDR2 GeForce RTX 3050
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 January 2022
Code Name G84 Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1
Memory 512 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1552 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 49664 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 2560
Texture Mapping Units 16 80
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 8 nm
Transistors 289 million 12000 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 information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one 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 should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write 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 card's 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2

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