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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R5 230 GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 2411% 1514%
Hitman 3 3167% 2000%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2197% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2122% 1329%
FIFA 21 1167% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3433% 2171%
Far Cry 6 3533% 2236%
Genshin Impact 2411% 1514%
Battlefield 6 3167% 2000%
Resident Evil 8 2411% 1514%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R5 230.

The Radeon R5 230 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R5 230. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 3.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon R5 230. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R5 230 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 4 more Render Output Units than the Radeon R5 230. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 1.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon R5 230. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R5 230 was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the Radeon R5 230 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 Radeon R5 230 has 512 MB more video memory than the 8600 GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the 8600 GT has superior memory performance.

The 8600 GT has 13.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R5 230, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is slightly better than the Radeon R5 230.

The Radeon R5 230 has 160 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R5 230 is 50 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The Radeon R5 230 having 7 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R5 230 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the Radeon R5 230 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The Radeon R5 230 requires 19 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Radeon R5 230 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT. The 8600 GT requires 27 Watts more than the Radeon R5 230 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 Radeon R5 230.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Caicos PRO-LTesla G84
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date03 Apr 2014vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
3.2
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1600x900
2.4
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3.1
1920x1080
1.7
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2.2
2560x1440
1.2
vs green tick
1.4
3840x2160 - vs green tick
0.9

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed533 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth8.5GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units160vs32
Actual Shader Performance2%vs2%
Technology40nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs16
Texture Rate5 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs8
Pixel Rate2.5 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power19 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.0vs10.0
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron G1830 2.8GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM2 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R5 230 is an entry-level Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Terascale Architecture.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Terascale 2 Architecture is still manufactured with a 40nm technology and despite allowing more Stream Cores, their design remains more or less the same compared to the first variant.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Caicos XT which has 2 Compute Units activated and thus offers 160 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit Operates at 625MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The memory clock operates at 533MHz.

Features
DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for HD3D, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, PowerPlay and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 19W, it requires at least a 300W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
Radeon R5 230 is a direct re-brand of Radeon HD 6450 v3.
Gaming benchmarks put its performance around of a GeForce GT 420.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Celeron) and 2GB of RAM for a system with Radeon R5 230.
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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