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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 6500 GeForce 7600 GS
Cyberpunk 2077 18425% 5550%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 16843% 5068%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 16293% 4900%
FIFA 21 9244% 2750%
Watch Dogs Legion 17769% 5350%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 16293% 4900%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 26457% 8000%
Grand Theft Auto VI 25966% 7850%
Godfall 29982% 9075%
Genshin Impact 18425% 5550%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 6500.

The GeForce 7600 GS was released over a year more recently than the GeForce 6500, and so the GeForce 7600 GS is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce 6500.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The GeForce 6500 and the GeForce 7600 GS have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GeForce 7600 GS has 7.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 6500, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 7600 GS is marginally better than the GeForce 6500.

The GeForce 6500 has 4 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 7600 GS has 12. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 6500 is 1 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 7600 GS is 5. The GeForce 7600 GS having 4 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce 7600 GS delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 6500.

The GeForce 7600 GS requires 27 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce 6500. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GeForce 7600 GS, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GeForce 6500.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed350 MHzvs400 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date02 Jan 2005vs01 Mar 2006
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed333 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth5.3GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4vs12
Actual Shader Performance0%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units-vs-
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs-
Pixel Rate-vs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-27 Watts
Recommended PSU-350 Watts & 17 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model3.0vs3.0
Open GL1.5vs2.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

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Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe NVIDIA GeForce 6500 and 6200 graphics processing units (GPUs) featuring NVIDIA TurboCache technology take full advantage of the PCI Express bus to deliver the turbocharged system performance you need to play all the hottest games and applications. The NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) represent a significant leap forward in 3D graphics design, delivering the unparalleled horsepower and revolutionary technologies you need to tackle the latest games and video applications. The GeForce 7 Series GPUs deliver blazing frame rates and outstanding image quality so you can experience full-throttle graphics performance.
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