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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon 9800 XT GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 2468% 1514%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2249% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2173% 1329%
Hitman 3 3241% 2000%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3514% 2171%
FIFA 21 1195% 714%
Far Cry 6 3616% 2236%
Genshin Impact 2468% 1514%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 3582% 2214%
Watch Dogs Legion 2377% 1457%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon 9800 XT.

The 8600 GT has a 128 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon 9800 XT. This results in the 8600 GT providing 5.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since the 8600 GT supports up to DirectX 10.0.

The 8600 GT has a 128 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon 9800 XT and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the 8600 GT providing 1 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The 8600 GT was released over three years more recently than the Radeon 9800 XT, and so the 8600 GT is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Radeon 9800 XT when running the latest games.

The 8600 GT has 256 MB more video memory than the Radeon 9800 XT, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the Radeon 9800 XT has superior memory performance.

The Radeon 9800 XT has 1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon 9800 XT is marginally better than the 8600 GT.

The Radeon 9800 XT has 8 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon 9800 XT is 2 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The 8600 GT having 41 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the 8600 GT delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon 9800 XT.

The 8600 GT transistor size technology is 70 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon 9800 XT. This means that the 8600 GT is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon 9800 XT.

The Radeon 9800 XT requires 60 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 Radeon 9800 XT and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT. The Radeon 9800 XT requires 14 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon 9800 XT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the 8600 GT.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed412 MHzvs540 MHz
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ArchitectureR360Tesla G84
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2003vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed730 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth23.4GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units8vs32
Actual Shader Performance0%vs2%
Technology150nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs16
Texture Rate3.3 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate3.3 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2048x1536vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power60 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 20 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX9vs10.0
Shader Model2.0vs4.0
Open GL2.0vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM2 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1024x768

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Radeon R300 (introduced August 2002) is the third generation of Radeon graphics chips from ATI Technologies. The line features 3D acceleration based upon Direct3D 9.0 and OpenGL 2.0, a major improvement in features and performance compared to the preceding Radeon R200 design. R300 was the first fully Direct3D 9-capable consumer graphics chip. The processors also include 2D GUI acceleration, video acceleration, and multiple display outputs. R300 refers to the development codename of the initially released GPU of the generation. R300 and its derivatives would form the basis for ATI's consumer and professional product lines for over 3 years.
The integrated graphics processor based upon R300 is called Xpress 200.
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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