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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 Radeon X1950 Series
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1494%
Hitman 3 2000% 1973%
Resident Evil 8 1514% 1494%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 1358%
FIFA 21 714% 704%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 2143%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 1310%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1494%
Far Cry 6 2236% 2206%
The Medium 1914% 1889%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon X1950 Series are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The 8600 GT was released over a year more recently than the Radeon X1950 Series, 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 X1950 Series.

The 8600 GT has 256 MB more video memory than the Radeon X1950 Series, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the Radeon X1950 Series has superior memory performance.

The Radeon X1950 Series has 41.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon X1950 Series is noticeably better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon X1950 Series has 36. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon X1950 Series is 12. The 8600 GT having 31 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon X1950 Series 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 X1950 Series. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT and a PSU with at least 420 Watts for the Radeon X1950 Series. The Radeon X1950 Series has been recommended a PSU with 70 Watts more than the 8600 GT. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon X1950 Series may have an 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 G84RV570 - R580+
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs02 Jan 2006
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs64GB/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 Units32vs36
Actual Shader Performance2%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Watts-
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs420 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs3.0
Open GL3.3vs2.0
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.
Radeon X1950 Series is not a GPU but instead a combination between Radeon X1950 GT, Radeon X1950 XT, Radeon X1950 Pro and Radeon X1950 XTX whose rank is a balance between the four and that exists for System Requirements purposes only.
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