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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR3 Fatal1ty Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 1437%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 1306%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 1261%
Hitman 3 2000% 1900%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 2063%
FIFA 21 714% 676%
Far Cry 6 2236% 2124%
Genshin Impact 1514% 1437%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2214% 2104%
Watch Dogs Legion 1457% 1383%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR3 Fatal1ty Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3.

The 8600 GT has a 100 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the 8600 GT. This results in the 8600 GT providing 1.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 100 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the 8600 GT providing 0.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The 8600 GT was released less than a year after the 8600 GT, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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

The 8600 GT has 4.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the 8600 GT is marginally better than the 8600 GT.

Both the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 and the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR3 Fatal1ty Edition have 32 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the 8600 GT has 1.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate, 0.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, and 4.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth, so should have a marginally faster performance than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR3 Fatal1ty Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT and a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the 8600 GT. The 8600 GT has been recommended a PSU with 50 Watts more than the 8600 GT. The difference is significant enough that the 8600 GT 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 MHzvs640 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84Tesla G84
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs850 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs27.2GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs32
Actual Shader Performance2%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs10.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs5.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Watts-
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs300 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 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.
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB DDR3 Fatal1ty Edition is a special edition of the GeForce 8600 GT. See the standard page for more information about it.
The new features include increases in the core and memory clocks that went from 540MHz to 640MHz and from 700MHz to 850MHz, respectively.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost when compared to the standard edition.
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