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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 Quadro FX 1800
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1487%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 1352%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 1304%
Hitman 3 2000% 1965%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 2133%
FIFA 21 714% 701%
Far Cry 6 2236% 2196%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1487%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2214% 2175%
Watch Dogs Legion 1457% 1431%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro FX 1800 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The Quadro FX 1800 was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the Quadro FX 1800 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the 8600 GT when running the latest games.

The Quadro FX 1800 has 256 MB more video memory than the 8600 GT, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Quadro FX 1800 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro FX 1800 has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro FX 1800 is slightly better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro FX 1800 has 64. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 1800 is 35. The 8600 GT having 8 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Quadro FX 1800 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run and the Quadro FX 1800 requires 59 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Quadro FX 1800. The Quadro FX 1800 requires 13 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Quadro FX 1800 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs550 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84G94
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs19 Nov 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs768 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs38.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs64
Actual Shader Performance2%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs-
HDMI Connections1vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Wattsvs59 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs450 Watts

GPU Features

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

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.
Architected for leading-edge manufacturing and design companies, this next generation solution within the most requested mid-range professional graphics family, provides a balanced price and performance combination. Featuring NVIDIA® CUDA™ parallel computing architecture, 30-bit color fidelity, and automatic configuration of application display settings for optimal performance, the Quadro FX 1800 sets the standard for power efficiency while delivering a rich user experience.
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