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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9600 GS Quadro FX 1800
Grand Theft Auto V 576% 588%
Battlefield: Hardline 686% 701%
Pillars of Eternity 383% 392%
The Witcher III 921% 939%
Assassins Creed: Rogue 410% 420%
Cities: Skylines 576% 588%
Dying Light 1100% 1122%
Batman: Arkham Knight 383% 392%
Mortal Kombat X 576% 588%
Star Citizen 1417% 1445%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GS are marginally better than the Nvidia Quadro FX 1800.

The Quadro FX 1800 was released less than a year after the GeForce 9600 GS, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce 9600 GS and the Quadro FX 1800 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The Quadro FX 1800 has 14.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 9600 GS, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro FX 1800 is slightly better than the GeForce 9600 GS.

The GeForce 9600 GS has 48 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro FX 1800 has 64. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9600 GS is 60 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 1800 is 35. The GeForce 9600 GS having 25 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Quadro FX 1800 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Quadro FX 1800 requires 59 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce 9600 GS. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce 9600 GS and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Quadro FX 1800. The Quadro FX 1800 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the GeForce 9600 GS. The difference is significant enough that the Quadro FX 1800 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce 9600 GS.

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed500 MHzvs550 MHz
Notebook GPUnono
Release Date01 May 200819 Nov 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory768 MBvs768 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth24GB/secvs38.4GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units48vs64
Actual Shader Performance60vs35
Texture Mapping Units24vs-
Texture Rate12 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units12vs-
Pixel Rate6 GPixel/svs-

GPU Display Tech

Shader Model3.0vs4.0
Open GL2.1vs3.0
Max Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs-
HDMI Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-59 Watts

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM4 GB-
Recommended Screen Size1280x720-
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 26 Ampsvs450 Watts

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIt had previously been thought that NVIDIA had decided to drop the G and NV nomenclature for a D (for Desktop) nomenclature on their processors. Following the D is the generation number and the target market indicator. NVIDIA's official designations for target markets include Mainstream, Performance, and Enthusiast. For example, the D9E indicates a 9th generation Desktop GeForce video card for the Enthusiast market[1]. However, NVIDIA has actually forked their codenames into those of graphics processors, and those of graphics cards. The GPU cores have kept the prefix 'G' and future versions will include the prefix 'GT'; whereas the actual cards are now codenamed as D, generation number and target market. Architected for leading-edge manufacturing and design companies, this next generation solution within the most requested mid-range professional graphics family, provides a balanced price and performance combination. Featuring NVIDIA® CUDA™ parallel computing architecture, 30-bit color fidelity, and automatic configuration of application display settings for optimal performance, the Quadro FX 1800 sets the standard for power efficiency while delivering a rich user experience.
Recommended CPUAMD Athlon LE-1640
Intel Xeon Processor LV 2.80 GHz
AMD Sempron 140
Intel Pentium D 840 3.2GHz
Intel Pentium 4 HT 650
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce 9800 GX2
GeForce GTS 450 EVGA 1GB Edition
GeForce GTS 450 Gainward 1GB Edition
GeForce GTS 450 Asus DirectCU 1GB Edition
GeForce GTS 450 v3
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