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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 GeForce 9600 GS
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1459%
Hitman 3 2000% 1928%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 1326%
Resident Evil 8 1514% 1459%
FIFA 21 714% 686%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 2093%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 1279%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1459%
The Medium 1914% 1845%
Far Cry 6 2236% 2155%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GS 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 9600 GS, but the GeForce 9600 GS has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the 8600 GT. As a result, the GeForce 9600 GS exhibits a 3.4 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 9600 GS, but the GeForce 9600 GS has 4 more Render Output Units than the 8600 GT. As a result, the GeForce 9600 GS exhibits a 1.7 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 9600 GS was released over a year more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the GeForce 9600 GS 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 9600 GS 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 9600 GS also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce 9600 GS has 1.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 9600 GS is marginally better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9600 GS has 48. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9600 GS is 60. The GeForce 9600 GS having 17 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce 9600 GS delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 9600 GS transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the GeForce 9600 GS is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce 9600 GS should consume less power than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce 9600 GS. 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 9600 GS. The GeForce 9600 GS has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the 8600 GT. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce 9600 GS may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs500 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84G94a
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs01 May 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
1.4
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3840x2160
0.9
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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%
Technology80nmvs65nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs24
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs12 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs12
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs6 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Watts-
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs400 Watts & 26 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs10
Shader Model4.0vs3.0
Open GL3.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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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.
It had previously been thought that NVIDIA had decided to drop the G and NV nomenclature for a D (for Desktop) nomenclature on their processors. Following the D is the generation number and the target market indicator. NVIDIA's official designations for target markets include Mainstream, Performance, and Enthusiast. For example, the D9E indicates a 9th generation Desktop GeForce video card for the Enthusiast market[1]. However, NVIDIA has actually forked their codenames into those of graphics processors, and those of graphics cards. The GPU cores have kept the prefix 'G' and future versions will include the prefix 'GT'; whereas the actual cards are now codenamed as D, generation number and target market.
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