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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 GeForce 8600 GT
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1514%
Hitman 3 2000% 2000%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 1329%
FIFA 21 714% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 2171%
Far Cry 6 2236% 2236%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1514%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2214% 2214%
Battlefield 6 2000% 2000%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the 8600 GT and the GeForce 8600 GT are equal.

The 8600 GT and the GeForce 8600 GT have both the same core clock speed and the same Texture Fill Rate. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The 8600 GT and the GeForce 8600 GT have both the same core clock speed and the same Pixel Fill Rate. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 and the GeForce 8600 GT were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The 8600 GT has 256 MB more video memory than the GeForce 8600 GT, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the 8600 GT also has superior memory performance overall.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 and the GeForce 8600 GT are the same, which means the 8600 GT and the GeForce 8600 GT have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 and the GeForce 8600 GT have 32 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the two GPUs have extremely similar stats, so any gaming performance difference would most likely be negligible.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT requires 47 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GeForce 8600 GT. The GeForce 8600 GT requires 1 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 8600 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84Tesla G84
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs32
Actual Shader Performance2%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Wattsvs47 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM3 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 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.
GeForce 8600 GT is a middle-class GFX based on the 80nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture.
It's based on the G84 Core and offers 32 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of GDDR3. The central unit runs at 540MHz and the memory clock operates at 700MHz. It will consume no more than 47 Watt.
It performs much better, when compared to GeForce 8600 GS, thanks to the extra Shading Units and remains within the same power envelope (47 Watt) due to being equipped with GDDR3 (against 8600 GS's DDR2).
This GPU is only suited for a 1024x768 (or less) resolution. Some of today's games will run at medium settings although extremely demanding games might not run at all. DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease drastically, as the resolution increases.
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