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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon X1950 GT GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 1431% 1514%
Hitman 3 1892% 2000%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1300% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1255% 1329%
FIFA 21 672% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2054% 2171%
Far Cry 6 2115% 2236%
Genshin Impact 1431% 1514%
Battlefield 6 1892% 2000%
Resident Evil 8 1431% 1514%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon X1950 GT are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The 8600 GT was released less than a year after the Radeon X1950 GT, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The 8600 GT has 256 MB more video memory than the Radeon X1950 GT, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The Radeon X1950 GT has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon X1950 GT is slightly better than the 8600 GT.

The Radeon X1950 GT has 36 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon X1950 GT is 12 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The 8600 GT having 31 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon X1950 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon X1950 GT requires 57 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 Radeon X1950 GT. The Radeon X1950 GT requires 11 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon X1950 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureRV570Tesla G84
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date29 Jan 2007vs01 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

Memory256 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed600 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth38.4GB/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 Units36vs32
Actual Shader Performance1%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)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power57 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU-350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model3.0vs4.0
Open GL2.0vs3.3
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

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon X1950 GT is a high-end GPU based on the 80nm variant of the R500 architecture.
It's based on the R570 Core and offers 36 Pixel Shaders, 12 TMUs and 12 ROPs, on a 256-bit of standard GDDR3. The central unit runs at 500MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 600MHz.
Its therefore a slightly underclocked Radeon X1900 GT which should perform slightly wosr while heating less, thanks to the smaller technology.
Most of today's games might be playable at medium settings although the low preset will have to suffice on some. As it's not based on a Shader-Unified architecture, both DirectX 10 & 11 games aren't supported.
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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