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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1514%
Hitman 3 2000% 2000%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 1329%
FIFA 21 714% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 2171%
Far Cry 6 2236% 2236%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1514%
Battlefield 6 2000% 2000%
Resident Evil 8 1514% 1514%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the 8600 GT and the 8600 GT are equal.

The 8600 GT and the 8600 GT have both the same core clock speed and the same Texture Fill Rate. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The 8600 GT and the 8600 GT have both the same core clock speed and the same Pixel Fill Rate. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 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 9.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is marginally better than the 8600 GT.

Both the GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 have 32 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, although the GPUs are very similar in performance, the 8600 GT takes the edge.

The GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 requires 75 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 8600 GT. The 8600 GT requires 29 Watts more than the 8600 GT 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 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84Tesla G84
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth12.8GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs32
Actual Shader Performance2%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate4.3 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 Power75 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU-350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM3 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce 8600 GT.
It features DDR2 instead of DDR3 meaning it has less memory bandwidth due to the operating memory clock being lower while consuming more power since DDR3 is more energy efficient. The central unit runs at the same speed (540MHz) but this GPU feature a custom cooling solution which is 16 degrees cooler than the reference cooler, according to Asus.
Expect its performance to be on level with the reference card despite its lower bandwidth although the performance will be significantly lower when using 3D applications and settings that require extra 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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