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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 Radeon HD 5450 512MB
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 2711%
Hitman 3 2000% 3557%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 2471%
Resident Evil 8 1514% 2711%
FIFA 21 714% 1318%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 3855%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 2388%
The Medium 1914% 3407%
Genshin Impact 1514% 2711%
Far Cry 6 2236% 3967%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 5450 512MB.

The HD 5450 has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5450. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 3.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 5450. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 5450 has a 110 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 4 more Render Output Units than the HD 5450. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 1.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD 5450. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD 5450 was released over a year more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the HD 5450 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 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 and the Radeon HD 5450 512MB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The 8600 GT has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5450, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is slightly better than the HD 5450.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5450 512MB has 80. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5450 is 52. The HD 5450 having 9 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD 5450 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the HD 5450 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5450 512MB requires 20 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 HD 5450. The 8600 GT requires 26 Watts more than the HD 5450 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the 8600 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 5450.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84Terascale 2 Cedar PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs04 Feb 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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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 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs6.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 128 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs80
Actual Shader Performance2%vs3%
Technology80nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs8
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs5.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs4
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs2.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

Max Power46 Wattsvs20 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs400 Watts & 22 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs11
Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHzvsIntel Celeron E1600 Dual-Core 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM3 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1024x768

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 Evergreen series is a family of GPUs developed by AMD graphics products division. The existence was spotted on a presentation slide from AMD Technology Analyst Day July 2007 as 'R8xx'. ATI held a press event in the USS Hornet museum on September 10, 2009 and announced ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology and specifications of the Radeon HD 5800 series' variants. The first variants of the Radeon HD 5800 series were launched September 23, 2009, with the HD 5700 series launching October 12 and HD 5970 launching on November 18 The HD 5670, was launched on January 14, 2010, and the HD 5500 and 5400 series were launched in February of 2010, completing what has appeared to be most of ATI's Evergreen GPU lineup.
Demand so greatly outweighed supply that more than two months after launch, many online retailers were still having trouble keeping the 5800 and 5900 series in stock.
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