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GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 vs GeForce GTX 1630

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 540 MHz. The DDR2 memory 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 GTX 1630, which features a clock speed of 1740 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit bus, and uses a 12 nm design. It features 512 SPUs, 32 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 47 Watts
GeForce GTX 1630 75 Watts
Difference: 28 Watts (60%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 1630 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1630 98304 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 12800 MB/sec
Difference: 85504 (668%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1630 is much (more or less 544%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1630 55680 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 8640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 47040 (544%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1630 is a lot (about 544%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1630 27840 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB DDR2 4320 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 23520 (544%)

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 GTX 1630
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 June 2022
Code Name G84 TU117
Memory 512 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 540 MHz 1740 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 3000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 47 watts 75 watts
Bandwidth 12800 MB/sec 98304 MB/sec
Texel Rate 8640 Mtexels/sec 55680 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 4320 Mpixels/sec 27840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 512
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 8 16
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 12 nm
Transistors 289 million 4700 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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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