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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 Quadro 600
Hitman 3 2000% 2006%
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1519%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 1381%
FIFA 21 714% 717%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 2178%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 1333%
Resident Evil 8 1514% 1519%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1519%
Far Cry 6 2236% 2242%
The Medium 1914% 1920%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are marginally better than the Nvidia Quadro 600.

The Quadro 600 was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the Quadro 600 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 600 has 512 MB more video memory than the 8600 GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Quadro 600 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro 600 has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro 600 is marginally better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro 600 has 96. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro 600 is 61. The Quadro 600 having 18 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Quadro 600 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the Quadro 600 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Quadro 600 should consume less power than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run and the Quadro 600 requires 40 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT and a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Quadro 600. The 8600 GT requires 6 Watts more than the Quadro 600 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 Quadro 600.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed540 MHzvs640 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84GF108GL
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs25.6GB/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 Units32vs96
Actual Shader Performance2%vs3%
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 Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Wattsvs40 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs300 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.3
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

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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.
Built for Professionals™, and certified on leading CAD and DCC applications, NVIDIA® Quadro® 600 delivers the best performance per watt in its class, maximizing productivity while conserving energy.
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