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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 5570 XFX 1GB Edition GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 1052% 1514%
Hitman 3 1398% 2000%
Resident Evil 8 1052% 1514%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 954% 1376%
FIFA 21 481% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1521% 2171%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 919% 1329%
Genshin Impact 1052% 1514%
Far Cry 6 1567% 2236%
The Medium 1337% 1914%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 5570 XFX 1GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The HD 5570 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the 8600 GT. This results in the HD 5570 providing 3.9 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 5570 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the HD 5570 providing 0.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 5570 was released over a year more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the HD 5570 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the 8600 GT.

The HD 5570 has 512 MB more video memory than the 8600 GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 5570 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 5570 has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the HD 5570 is marginally better than the 8600 GT.

The Radeon HD 5570 XFX 1GB Edition has 400 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 5570 is 163 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The HD 5570 having 120 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 5570 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GT.

The HD 5570 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the HD 5570 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD 5570. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the HD 5570 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT. The HD 5570 has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the 8600 GT. The difference is significant enough that the HD 5570 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureEvergreen Redwood PROTesla G84
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Feb 2010vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units400vs32
Actual Shader Performance8%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units20vs16
Texture Rate12.5 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate5 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-46 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Wattsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL3.2vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual Core E5500 2.8GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 5570 XFX 1GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class Radeon HD 5570 that features some design tweaks and its performance is lower than the standard version we have added because its memory clock is of only 800MHz, meaning it has considerably lower memory bandwidth. GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 is one of the many variants of the fast-middle-class GeForce 8600 GT.
On this version, the GPU is equipped with 512MB of standard GDDR3. The architecture allows the use of 512MB, since the GPU's processing power is strong enough and the memory controller is up for the task of processing 512MB. Therefore, the performance is superior to the 256MB version and any other version of DDR2, including 1GB.
However, and due to its architecture limitations, modern demanding games will require reduced settings, even if they don't require more than 512MB of video ram. Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 are only playable at the lowest settings.
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