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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 610 v2 GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 2725% 1514%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2484% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2400% 1329%
FIFA 21 1325% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3875% 2171%
Hitman 3 3575% 2000%
Genshin Impact 2725% 1514%
Far Cry 6 3988% 2236%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 3950% 2214%
Watch Dogs Legion 2625% 1457%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 610 v2.

The GT 610 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 610. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 4.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 610. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 610 has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 4 more Render Output Units than the GT 610. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 2.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 610. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 610 was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the GT 610 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 GT 610 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 14.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 610, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is slightly better than the GT 610.

The GeForce GT 610 v2 has 48 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 610 is 53 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The GT 610 having 10 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GT 610 transistor size technology is 52 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the GT 610 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 610 v2 requires 29 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 GT 610 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT. The 8600 GT requires 17 Watts more than the GT 610 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 GT 610.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed550 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF119-B1Tesla G84
OC Potential Great vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date09 Sep 2012vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
3.7
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1600x900
2.4
vs green tick
3.1
1920x1080
1.6
vs green tick
2.2
2560x1440
1.2
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1.4
3840x2160 - vs green tick
0.9

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth8GB/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 Units48vs32
Actual Shader Performance3%vs2%
Technology28nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs16
Texture Rate4.4 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs8
Pixel Rate2.2 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 Power29 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.0
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron G530 2.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 610 v2 is an OEM only, Entry-Level Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Fermi Architecture.

Architecture
The Fermi Architecture is manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GF119-B1 which has 1 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 48 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 550MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz.

Features
DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies.

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

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 29W, it requires at least a 300W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance on average with Radeon HD 7350.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Celeron) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 610 v2.
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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