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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 6500 Radeon X600 Series
Cyberpunk 2077 18425% 5467%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 16843% 4991%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 16293% 4826%
FIFA 21 9244% 2708%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 16293% 4826%
Watch Dogs Legion 17769% 5269%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 26457% 7880%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 17441% 5171%
Grand Theft Auto VI 25966% 7733%
Genshin Impact 18425% 5467%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon X600 Series are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 6500.

The GeForce 6500 was released less than a year after the Radeon X600 Series, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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 has 128 MB more video memory than the Radeon X600 Series, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the Radeon X600 Series has superior memory performance.

The Radeon X600 Series has 4.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 6500, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon X600 Series is marginally better than the GeForce 6500.

Both the GeForce 6500 and the Radeon X600 Series have 4 Shader Processing Units. The two GPUs are based on different architectures, but deliver an equivalent shader performance. To compare, we must continue to look at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, we sadly do not have enough data in this area to complete the comparison.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed350 MHzvs400 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV44RV380
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date02 Jan 2005vs21 Jun 2004
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvs128 MB
Memory Speed333 MHzvs600 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR
Memory Bandwidth5.3GB/secvs9.6GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4vs4
Actual Shader Performance0%vs0%
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Texture Mapping Units-vs-
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs-
Pixel Rate-vs-
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2048x1536
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
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GPU Features

DirectX9.0cvs9
Shader Model3.0vs2.0
Open GL1.5vs2.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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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 Radeon R300 (introduced August 2002) is the third generation of Radeon graphics chips from ATI Technologies. The line features 3D acceleration based upon Direct3D 9.0 and OpenGL 2.0, a major improvement in features and performance compared to the preceding Radeon R200 design. R300 was the first fully Direct3D 9-capable consumer graphics chip. The processors also include 2D GUI acceleration, video acceleration, and multiple display outputs. R300 refers to the development codename of the initially released GPU of the generation. R300 and its derivatives would form the basis for ATI's consumer and professional product lines for over 3 years.
The integrated graphics processor based upon R300 is called Xpress 200.
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