GeForce 8600 GT Mac Edition vs PG506-232

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

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Architecture
Tesla
 
Ampere
GPU code name
G84
 
GA100
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
17 April 2007 (14 years ago)
 
12 April 2021 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$159
 
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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
32
 
3584
Core clock speed
600 MHz
 
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Boost clock speed
no data
 
1440 MHz
Number of transistors
289 million
 
54,200 million
Manufacturing process technology
80 nm
 
7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
47 Watt
 
165 Watt
Texture fill rate
9.600
 
322.6
Floating-point performance
92.8 gflops
 
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Interface
PCIe 1.0 x16
 
PCIe 4.0 x16
Length
170 mm
 
267 mm
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
8-pin EPS

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR3
 
HBM2
Maximum RAM amount
128 MB
 
24 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
3072 Bit
Memory clock speed
1500 MHz
 
2.4 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
24 GB/s
 
933.1 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
2x DVI
 
No outputs

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
N/A
Shader Model
4.0
 
N/A
OpenGL
3.3
 
N/A
OpenCL
1.1
 
3.0
Vulkan
N/A
 
N/A
CUDA
1.1
 
8.0

Competitors of GeForce 8600 GT Mac Edition from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 8600 GT Mac Edition from AMD is Radeon HD 4550.

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Competitors of PG506-232 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to PG506-232 from AMD is Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary.

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Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Mac Edition

Lower power consumption (47W vs 165W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Advantages of NVIDIA PG506-232

Much newer (12 April 2021 vs 17 April 2007)

Wider memory bus (3072 vs 128 bit)

More pipelines (3584 vs 32)

Higher memory bandwidth (933.1 vs 24 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 80 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Mac Edition and NVIDIA PG506-232. We've got no test results to judge.

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