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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 GeForce GT 140
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1083%
Hitman 3 2000% 1439%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 982%
Resident Evil 8 1514% 1083%
FIFA 21 714% 497%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 1565%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 947%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1083%
The Medium 1914% 1376%
Far Cry 6 2236% 1612%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 140 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The GeForce GT 140 has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the 8600 GT. This results in the GeForce GT 140 providing 12.2 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 GeForce GT 140 has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the 8600 GT. This results in the GeForce GT 140 providing 6.1 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 GeForce GT 140 was released over a year more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the GeForce GT 140 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 GT 140 has 512 MB more video memory than the 8600 GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GT 140 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GT 140 has 35.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GT 140 is noticeably better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 140 has 64. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 140 is 104. The GeForce GT 140 having 61 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GT 140 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 140 transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the GeForce GT 140 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 GeForce GT 140 requires 105 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 GeForce GT 140. The GeForce GT 140 requires 59 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GT 140 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84Tesla G94b
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs01 Mar 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs57.6GB/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 Units32vs64
Actual Shader Performance2%vs5%
Technology80nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs32
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs20.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs10.4 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Wattsvs105 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs400 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

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

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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 GT 140 is a performance GPU based on the 2009, 55nm, first-generation unified architecture.
It's based on the G94 Core and offers 64 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of standard DDR3. The central unit runs at 650MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 900MHz.
It's therefore a renamed GeForce 9600 GT and performs exactly like it.
Today's modern demanding games are playable at medium settings but DirectX 11 games aren't supported and extremely demanding games will require reduced further reduced settings to be played optimally.
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