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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 Radeon X800 GT
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 2629%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 2396%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 2315%
FIFA 21 714% 1277%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 3741%
Hitman 3 2000% 3451%
Genshin Impact 1514% 2629%
Far Cry 6 2236% 3849%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2214% 3813%
Watch Dogs Legion 1457% 2533%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon X800 GT.

The 8600 GT was released over a year more recently than the Radeon X800 GT, and so the 8600 GT is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon X800 GT.

The 8600 GT has 256 MB more video memory than the Radeon X800 GT, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the Radeon X800 GT has superior memory performance.

The Radeon X800 GT has 40.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon X800 GT is noticeably better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon X800 GT has 8. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon X800 GT is 2. The 8600 GT having 41 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon X800 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon X800 GT. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs475 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84R480
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs01 Sep 2005
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
3.1
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1920x1080
2.2
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2560x1440
1.4
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3840x2160
0.9
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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs980 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs62.7GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs8
Actual Shader Performance2%vs0%
Technology80nmvs-
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs-
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2048x1536
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Watts-
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs9.0b
Shader Model4.0vs2.0
Open GL3.3vs2.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
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

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 X800 'R430'-based 110 nanometer series was introduced at the end of 2004 along with ATI's new X850 cards. The X800 was designed to replace the position X700 XT failed to secure, with 12 pipelines and a 256-bit RAM bus. The card more than surpassed the 6600GT with performance similar to that of the GeForce 6800. A close relative, the new X800 XL, was positioned to dethrone NVIDIA's GeForce 6800 GT with higher memory speeds and a full 16 pipelines to boost performance. R430 was unable to reach high clock speeds, being mainly designed to reduce the cost per GPU, and so a new top-of-the-line core was still needed. The new high-end R4x0-generation arrived with the X850 series, equipped with various core tweaks for slightly higher performance than the 'R420'-based X800 series. The 'R480'-based X850 line was available in 3 forms: the X850 Pro, the X850 XT, and the X850 XT Platinum Edition, and was built on the reliable high-performance 130 nm Low-K process.
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