8600 GTS vs RTX 3080 Mobile

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.18
 
no data
Architecture
Tesla
 
Ampere
GPU code name
G84
 
GN20-E7 GA104
Market segment
Desktop
 
Laptop
Launch date
17 April 2007 (14 years ago)
 
12 January 2021 (less than a year ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$199
 
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Price now
$109 (0.5x MSRP)
 
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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
 
6144
Core clock speed
675 MHz
 
780 - 1100 MHz
Boost clock speed
no data
 
1245 - 1710 MHz
Number of transistors
289 million
 
17,400 million
Manufacturing process technology
80 nm
 
8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
60 Watt
 
115 Watt
Texture fill rate
10.8 billion/sec
 
296.6
Floating-point performance
92.8 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce 8600 GTS and GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile 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). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
no data
 
large
Interface
PCIe 1.0 x16
 
PCIe 4.0 x16
Length
198 mm
 
no data
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
no data
SLI options
+
 
-

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
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
256 MB
 
16 GB
Standard memory config per GPU
256 MB
 
no data
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1000 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
32 GB/s
 
384.0 GB/s
Shared memory
no data
 
-

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, 1x S-Video
 
No outputs

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Model
4.0
 
6.5
OpenGL
2.1
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.1
 
2.0
Vulkan
N/A
 
1.2
CUDA
1.1
 
8.6

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

8600 GTS satisfies 60% minimum and 51% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
60%
Recommended
51%
Minimum
60%
Recommended
51%

RTX 3080 Mobile satisfies 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
8600 GTS
RTX 3080 Mobile
1080p
 
no data
119
1440p
 
no data
81
4K
 
no data
53

Competitors of GeForce 8600 GTS from AMD

The nearest GeForce 8600 GTS's AMD equivalent is Radeon E6465, which is faster by 3% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce 8600 GTS:

Competitors of GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile from AMD

It seems that there's no AMD equivalent for GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile. The nearest candidate is Radeon RX 580 Mobile, however, it's 54% slower and lower by 111 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS

Lower power consumption (60W vs 115W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile

12335% faster (about 124.5 times) in synthetic tests

Much newer (12 January 2021 vs 17 April 2007)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)

More pipelines (6144 vs 32)

Higher memory bandwidth (384 vs 32 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (8 vs 80 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile, since it shows better performance.

Be aware that GeForce 8600 GTS is a desktop card while GeForce RTX 3080 Mobile is a notebook one.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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