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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R5 230 Asus Silent 2GB Edition 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%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 3500% 2214%
Battlefield 6 3167% 2000%

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 Asus Silent 2GB Edition.

The R5 230 has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the R5 230. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 3.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the 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 R5 230 has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 4 more Render Output Units than the R5 230. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 1.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R5 230. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The R5 230 was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the 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 R5 230 has 1536 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 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R5 230, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is slightly better than the R5 230.

The Radeon R5 230 Asus Silent 2GB Edition has 160 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the R5 230 is 52 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The R5 230 having 9 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

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

The Radeon R5 230 Asus Silent 2GB Edition requires 19 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R5 230 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT. The 8600 GT requires 27 Watts more than the 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 R5 230.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 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

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed600 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth9.6GB/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 Units160vs32
Actual Shader Performance3%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units8vs16
Texture Rate5.2 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs8
Pixel Rate2.6 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power19 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 25 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Pentium G3220 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1024x768

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R5 230 Asus Silent 2GB Edition is a special edition of the entry-level Radeon R5 230.
Among other features, it comes with a Silent Passive Cooling System which produces no noise and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 625MHz to 650MHz and in the operating memory clock which went from 533MHz to 600MHz.
Furthermore, the frame buffer was doubled to 2GB though this will not boost its performance and can be addressed as a gimmick - marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.
Expect a 3% performance boost over the reference card in some games and under certain circumstances.
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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