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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 FireGL V5100
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 2474%
Hitman 3 2000% 3249%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 2254%
Resident Evil 8 1514% 2474%
FIFA 21 714% 1198%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 3522%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 2178%
Genshin Impact 1514% 2474%
The Medium 1914% 3112%
Far Cry 6 2236% 3624%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are significantly better than the AMD FireGL V5100.

The 8600 GT was released over a year more recently than the FireGL V5100, and so the 8600 GT is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the FireGL V5100.

The 8600 GT has 384 MB more video memory than the FireGL V5100, 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 8600 GT has 11.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the FireGL V5100, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is slightly better than the FireGL V5100.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the FireGL V5100 has 6. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the FireGL V5100 is 2. 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 slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the FireGL V5100.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run but there is no entry for the FireGL V5100. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT and a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the FireGL V5100. The 8600 GT has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the FireGL V5100. The difference is significant enough that the 8600 GT may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the FireGL V5100.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs450 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84-
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs01 Jan 2005
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
3.1
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1920x1080
2.2
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2560x1440
1.4
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3840x2160
0.9
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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs128 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs350 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs11.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs6
Actual Shader Performance2%vs0%
Technology80nmvs-
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs-
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2048x1536
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Watts-
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs300 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs9.0b
Shader Model4.0vs3.0
Open GL3.3vs2.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz-
Recommended RAM3 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

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.
The FireGL line is designed for multimedia content creation programs, such as 3DS Max, mechanical engineering design software such as Solidworks, and civil engineering architectural software such as Chief Architect, whereas Radeon counterparts are suited towards video games. FireGL drivers were built with maximum image quality and pixel precision, with CAD specific functionalities such as the recently introduced AutoDetection Technology to tune the parameters inside the driver to achieve maximum performance for predefined list of software. However, because the drivers are also based on the Catalyst drivers made for the Radeon line, it makes them suitable for gaming, at the expense of probable compatibility issues with the very latest games due to the age of the drivers, with FireGL cards in theory pushing more data than their Radeon gaming counterparts
The ATI FireGL range of video cards, renamed to FirePro 3D in late 2008, is the series specifically for CAD (Computer Aided Design) and DCC (Digital Content Creation) software, usually found in workstations.
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