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Gaming Performance Comparison

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.

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 8600 GTS is 80. The 8600 GTS having 76 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
ArchitectureNV34G84
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Release Date01 Mar 200301 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory128 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed200 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth3.2GB/secvs32GB/sec
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4vs32
Actual Shader Performance4vs80
Technology-vs80nm
Texture Mapping Units-vs16
Texture Rate-vs10.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs8
Pixel Rate-vs5.4 GPixel/s
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GPU Display Tech

DirectX9.0bvs10
Shader Model2.0vs4.0
Open GL1.5vs2.1
Max Resolution (WxH)2048x1536vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
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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 Athlon 7750 Dual Core
AMD Opteron 8220
AMD Opteron 8220 SE
Intel Celeron E3200 Dual-Core 2.4GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 4400e
Possible GPU Upgrades-GeForce GTX 650 Palit 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 650 Palit 1GB Edition
GeForce GTX 650 Inno3D 1GB Edition
GeForce GTX 650 Galaxy Green Edition
GeForce GTX 650 MSI 1GB
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