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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon X1950 XT GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Hitman 3 1446% 2000%
Cyberpunk 2077 1088% 1514%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 987% 1376%
Resident Evil 8 1088% 1514%
FIFA 21 499% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1572% 2171%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 952% 1329%
Genshin Impact 1088% 1514%
Far Cry 6 1619% 2236%
The Medium 1383% 1914%

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

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

The Radeon X1950 XT 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 Radeon X1950 XT has 35.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon X1950 XT is noticeably better than the 8600 GT.

The Radeon X1950 XT has 48 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon X1950 XT is 20 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The 8600 GT having 23 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon X1950 XT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon X1950 XT requires 96 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 XT. The Radeon X1950 XT requires 50 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon X1950 XT 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-
ArchitectureR580+Tesla G84
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date17 Oct 2006vs01 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 Speed900 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth57.6GB/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 Units48vs32
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 Power96 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

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon X1950 XT is a high-end GPU based on the 80nm variant of the R500 architecture.
It's based on the R580+ Core and offers 48 Pixel Shaders, 16 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 256-bit of standard GDDR3. The central unit runs at 625MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 900MHz.
Its therefore a slightly underclocked Radeon X1900 XTX that's slightly slower and heats less, due to the small manufacturing process.
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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