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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 6500 GeForce FX 5600 Ultra
Cyberpunk 2077 18425% 5255%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 16843% 4798%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 16293% 4639%
Watch Dogs Legion 17769% 5066%
FIFA 21 9244% 2601%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 16293% 4639%
Godfall 29982% 8597%
Grand Theft Auto VI 25966% 7436%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 26457% 7578%
Genshin Impact 18425% 5255%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce FX 5600 Ultra are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 6500.

The GeForce 6500 was released over a year more recently than the FX 5600, and so the GeForce 6500 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the FX 5600.

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 FX 5600, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the FX 5600 has superior memory performance.

The FX 5600 has 0.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 6500, which means that the memory performance of the FX 5600 is marginally better than the GeForce 6500.

Both the GeForce 6500 and the GeForce FX 5600 Ultra 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 MHzvs350 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date02 Jan 2005vs06 Mar 2003
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvs128 MB
Memory Speed333 MHzvs350 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR
Memory Bandwidth5.3GB/secvs5.6GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

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

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2048x1536
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

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GPU Features

Shader Model3.0vs2.0
Open GL1.5vs1.5
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 top-to-bottom family of NVIDIA GeForce FX GPUs provide both high-performance gaming for enthusiasts and best-in-class features for mainstream users. Whether you're a bleeding-edge gamer who desires the most advanced gaming technology available, or a PC user in search of the perfect combination of power, performance, and value--GeForce FX solutions deliver.
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