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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 Radeon HD 4650
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1030%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 934%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 900%
Hitman 3 2000% 1370%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 1490%
FIFA 21 714% 470%
Far Cry 6 2236% 1535%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1030%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2214% 1520%
Watch Dogs Legion 1457% 990%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 4650 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The Radeon HD 4650 has a 60 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the 8600 GT. This results in the Radeon HD 4650 providing 10.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon HD 4650 has a 60 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 4650 providing 0.5 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 Radeon HD 4650 was released over a year more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the Radeon HD 4650 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 and the Radeon HD 4650 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The 8600 GT has 9.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 4650, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is marginally better than the Radeon HD 4650.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 4650 has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 4650 is 125. The Radeon HD 4650 having 82 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 4650 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GT.

The Radeon HD 4650 transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the Radeon HD 4650 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 4650 requires 48 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the Radeon HD 4650. The Radeon HD 4650 requires 2 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon HD 4650 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84R700 RV730PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs01 Sep 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
3.1
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3.9
1920x1080
2.2
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2.7
2560x1440
1.4
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1.8
3840x2160
0.9
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1.3

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs320
Actual Shader Performance2%vs6%
Technology80nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs32
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs19.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs4.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Wattsvs48 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs400 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs10.1
Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL3.3vs3.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6GHz
Recommended RAM3 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1280x720

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 Radeon R730pro is the engineering codename for a graphics processing unit series released by AMD Graphics Product Group, sold under the ATI brand. The foundation chip, codenamed RV770, was announced and demonstrated on June 16, 2008 as part of the FireStream 9250 and Cinema 2.0 initiative launch media event, with official release of the HD4800 series on June 25, 2008. Other variants include enthusiast-oriented RV790, mainstream product RV730, RV740 and entry-level RV710.
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