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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 7300 GS 256MB GeForce 6500
Cyberpunk 2077 14387% 18425%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 13150% 16843%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 12721% 16293%
FIFA 21 7208% 9244%
Watch Dogs Legion 13874% 17769%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 12721% 16293%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 20669% 26457%
Grand Theft Auto VI 20285% 25966%
Godfall 23426% 29982%
Genshin Impact 14387% 18425%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 7300 GS 256MB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 6500.

The 7300 GS was released less than a year after the GeForce 6500, 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 7300 GS 256MB and the GeForce 6500 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The 7300 GS has 1.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 6500, which means that the memory performance of the 7300 GS is marginally better than the GeForce 6500.

Both the GeForce 7300 GS 256MB and the GeForce 6500 have 4 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the 7300 GS is 2 and by the GeForce 6500 is 1. Knowing that the shader performance of the 7300 GS is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce 7300 GS 256MB requires 23 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce 6500. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the 7300 GS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed450 MHzvs350 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Jan 2006vs02 Jan 2005
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs333 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs5.3GB/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)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power23 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 15 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model3.0vs3.0
Open GL2.0vs1.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe 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.The 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.
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