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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 over three years more recently than the GeForce FX 5200, and so the 8600 GTS is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce FX 5200 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 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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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.