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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 GeForce GT 130
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1459%
Hitman 3 2000% 1928%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 1326%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 1279%
FIFA 21 714% 686%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 2093%
Far Cry 6 2236% 2155%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1459%
Battlefield 6 2000% 1928%
Resident Evil 8 1514% 1459%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 130 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The 8600 GT has a 40 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GT 130, but the GeForce GT 130 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the 8600 GT. As a result, the GeForce GT 130 exhibits a 7.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the 8600 GT. 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 has a 40 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GT 130, but the GeForce GT 130 has 8 more Render Output Units than the 8600 GT. As a result, the GeForce GT 130 exhibits a 3.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the 8600 GT. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GT 130 was released over a year more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the GeForce GT 130 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 130 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 GeForce GT 130 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GT 130 has 1.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GT 130 is marginally better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 130 has 48. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 130 is 60. The GeForce GT 130 having 17 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GT 130 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 130 transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the GeForce GT 130 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce GT 130 should consume less power than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 130 requires 75 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 GT 130. The GeForce GT 130 requires 29 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce GT 130 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the 8600 GT.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs500 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 MBvs768 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs24GB/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 Units32vs48
Actual Shader Performance2%vs3%
Technology80nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs32
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs16 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs8 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2048x1536
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs350 Watts & 18 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 130 is a middle-class GPU based on the 2009, 55nm, first-generation unified architecture.
It's based on the G94b Core and offers 48 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 12 ROPs, on a 192-bit memory interface of standard DDR2. The central unit runs at 500MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 500MHz.
It's therefore a renamed GeForce 9600 GS. Compared to GeForce GT 120, it should perform significantly better but also consume 50% more power.
Today's modern demanding games will have to be played at low or medium settings to achieve fluent frame rates. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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