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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 GeForce GTX 260

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The GeForce GTX 260 has a 36 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the 8600 GT. This results in the GeForce GTX 260 providing 28.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 260 has a 36 MHz higher core clock speed and 20 more Render Output Units than the 8600 GT. This results in the GeForce GTX 260 providing 11.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 260 was released over a year more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the GeForce GTX 260 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GTX 260 has 384 MB more video memory than the 8600 GT, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 260 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 260 has 89.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 260 is much better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 260 has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 260 is 254. The GeForce GTX 260 having 211 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 260 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GTX 260 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the GeForce GTX 260 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 260 requires 182 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 260. The GeForce GTX 260 requires 136 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 260 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 8600 GT.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs576 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84Tesla G200-100-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs16 Jun 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs896 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs999 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs448 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs111.9GB/sec
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Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs192
Actual Shader Performance2%vs12%
Texture Mapping Units16vs64
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs36.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs28
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs16.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Wattsvs182 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
Recommended RAM3 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1600x900

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 is one of the many variants of the fast-middle-class GeForce 8600 GT.
On this version, the GPU is equipped with 512MB of standard GDDR3. The architecture allows the use of 512MB, since the GPU's processing power is strong enough and the memory controller is up for the task of processing 512MB. Therefore, the performance is superior to the 256MB version and any other version of DDR2, including 1GB.
However, and due to its architecture limitations, modern demanding games will require reduced settings, even if they don't require more than 512MB of video ram. Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 are only playable at the lowest settings.
GeForce GTX 260 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G200-100-A2 which has 8 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 192 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 28 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 576MHz.

The GPU accesses a 896MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 448-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 999MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 182W, it requires at least a 500W PSU and it requires at least two 6-pin available connectors.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance around of a Radeon HD 4870, meaning it is much faster than GeForce GTS 250.
Recommended CPUIntel Pentium D 840 3.2GHz
Intel Pentium 4 HT 650
Intel Pentium 4 HT 651
Intel Pentium D 935 3.2 GHz
Intel Pentium D 940 3.2 GHz
Intel Xeon Processor E5520
AMD APU A6-3620 Quad Core
AMD Athlon II X4 610e
AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Black Edition
Intel Pentium G4400T 2.9GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-GeForce GTX 660 DA OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 660 Galaxy GC Edition
GeForce GTX 570 MSI OC Power Edition
GeForce GTX 570 Gigabyte Edition
Radeon HD 6970 Lightning Edition
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