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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro NVS 310 PNY Low Profile Edition GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 2643% 1514%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2408% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2327% 1329%
FIFA 21 1283% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3759% 2171%
Hitman 3 3468% 2000%
Genshin Impact 2643% 1514%
Far Cry 6 3868% 2236%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 3832% 2214%
Watch Dogs Legion 2546% 1457%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are significantly better than the Nvidia Quadro NVS 310 PNY Low Profile Edition.

The NVS 310 was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the NVS 310 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the 8600 GT when running the latest games.

The Quadro NVS 310 PNY Low Profile Edition and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The 8600 GT has 8.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the NVS 310, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is marginally better than the NVS 310.

The Quadro NVS 310 PNY Low Profile Edition has 48 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the NVS 310 is 53 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The NVS 310 having 10 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The NVS 310 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the NVS 310 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The Quadro NVS 310 PNY Low Profile Edition requires 20 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the NVS 310. The 8600 GT requires 26 Watts more than the NVS 310 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the 8600 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the NVS 310.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed550 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF119Tesla G84
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Jun 2012vs01 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

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed875 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth14GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 128 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units48vs32
Actual Shader Performance3%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units-vs16
Texture Rate-vs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs8
Pixel Rate-vs4.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power20 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU-350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM-3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewQuadro NVS 310 PNY Low Profile Edition is a special edition of the professional GPU - Quadro NVS 310, designed for enterprise purposes.
It has exactly the same specifications with no new features and so it can be addressed as a rename. Remember that this GPU features no DVI, HDMI, or VGA ports but these can be simulated via adapters.
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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