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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce FX 5200 GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB
Grand Theft Auto V 10789% 1228%
Battlefield: Hardline 12567% 1445%
Pillars of Eternity 7678% 849%
The Witcher III 16344% 1905%
Assassins Creed: Rogue 8122% 903%
Cities: Skylines 10789% 1228%
Dying Light 19233% 2258%
Batman: Arkham Knight 7678% 849%
Mortal Kombat X 10789% 1228%
Star Citizen 24344% 2881%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce FX 5200.

The 8600 GTS was released less than a year after the GeForce FX 5200, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The 8600 GTS has 384 MB more video memory than the GeForce FX 5200, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the 8600 GTS also has superior memory performance overall.

The 8600 GTS has 28.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce FX 5200, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GTS is slightly better than the GeForce FX 5200.

The GeForce FX 5200 has 4 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce FX 5200 is 1 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GTS is 54. The 8600 GTS having 53 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the 8600 GTS delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce FX 5200.

The GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB requires 75 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce FX 5200. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GTS, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GeForce FX 5200.

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed250 MHzvs675 MHz
ArchitectureNV34Tesla G84
Notebook GPUnono
Release Date01 Mar 200301 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory128 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed200 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth3.2GB/secvs32GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4vs32
Actual Shader Performance1vs54
Texture Mapping Units-vs16
Texture Rate-vs10.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs8
Pixel Rate-vs5.4 GPixel/s

GPU Display Tech

Shader Model2.0vs4.0
Open GL1.5vs2.1
Max Resolution (WxH)2048x1536vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-75 Watts

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM-3 GB
Recommended Screen Size-1280x720
Recommended PSU-350 Watts & 24 Amps

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe GeForce™ FX 5200 and GeForce PCX 5300 GPUs deliver best-in class performance and features at a great price. With a GeForce FX or PCX mainstream GPU inside your PC, you can experience cinematic-quality effects, studio-quality color, and the industry-leading performance and rock-solid driver stability you expect from NVIDIA. The only DirectX 9 compatible GPUs in their class, the GeForce FX 5200 and GeForce PCX 5300 models are engineered for compatibility with the latest gaming and multimedia software.GeForce 8600 GTS is a fast-middle-class GFX based on the 80nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture.
It's based on the G84 Core and offers 32 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of GDDR3. The central unit runs at 675MHz and the memory clock operates 1000MHz. It will consume no more than 75 Watt.
It's therefore a further clocked GeForce 8600 GT and should be significantly faster.
This GPU is only suited for a 1024x768 (or less) resolution. Today's games will run at medium settings although extremely demanding games might not run at all. DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease drastically, as the resolution increases.
Recommended CPU-AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition
AMD Phenom II X2 550
AMD Athlon 5350
AMD Opteron 1356
AMD Phenom II X2 B55
Possible GPU Upgrades-GeForce 9200
Radeon 9100
Radeon HD 2100
Radeon X300 Series
GeForce 7500 LE
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