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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 3850 AGP GeForce 8800 GS
Red Dead Redemption 2 937% 739%
Halo: Reach 229% 167%
Cyberpunk 2077 1324% 1053%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 937% 739%
Doom Eternal 791% 622%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1324% 1053%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1484% 1182%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 540% 418%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1324% 1053%
Need For Speed Heat 937% 739%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP.

The HD 3850 has a 118 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 8800 GS, but the GeForce 8800 GS has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 3850. As a result, the GeForce 8800 GS exhibits a 15.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD 3850. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD 3850 has a 118 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Render Output Units than the GeForce 8800 GS. This results in the HD 3850 providing 4.1 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 HD 3850 was released less than a year after the GeForce 8800 GS, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The HD 3850 has 128 MB more video memory than the GeForce 8800 GS, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 3850 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 3850 has 14.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 8800 GS, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is slightly better than the GeForce 8800 GS.

The Radeon HD 3850 AGP has 320 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8800 GS has 96. However, the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 214 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8800 GS is 132. The HD 3850 having 82 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 3850 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 8800 GS.

The HD 3850 transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8800 GS. This means that the HD 3850 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8800 GS.

The Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce 8800 GS requires 105 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GeForce 8800 GS. The GeForce 8800 GS requires 30 Watts more than the HD 3850 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 8800 GS to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 3850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed668 MHzvs550 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureRV670 PROG92
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date03 Jan 2008vs01 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs384 MB
Memory Speed830 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth53.1GB/secvs38.4GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units320vs96
Actual Shader Performance10%vs6%
Texture Mapping Units16vs48
Texture Rate10.7 GTexel/svs26.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs12
Pixel Rate10.7 GPixel/svs6.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs105 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 28 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.1vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1280x720

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 3850 AGP is a variant of the high-end Radeon HD 3850 based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600. Check its page to know more about its Core.
Compared to Radeon HD 3850, it features twice as much video memory and an AGP 8X Bus Interface. Benchmarks indicate the double sized frame buffer benefits this GPU largely and so its performance is up to 8% better than the reference Radeon HD 3850.
Today's modern games should run fluently at medium settings but with modest resolutions. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
GeForce 8800 GS is a high-end GFX based on the 65nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture.
It's based on the G92 Core and offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 12 ROPs, on a 192-bit memory interface of GDDR3. The central unit runs at 550MHz and the memory clock operates 800MHz. It will consume no more than 105 Watt.
GeForce 8800 GS was added later to the GeForce 8000 Series and was manufactured with an upgraded G8X Core known as G92 (later used on the GeForce 9000 Series). It's manufactured with a smaller technology (65nm VS 90nm) and therefore heats less and consumes less power. Compared to GeForce 8800 GT, it performs significantly worse - especially at higher resolutions.
Today's modern demanding games can be played at medium (most) or high settings (some) smoothly. However, DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease substantially, as the resolution increases.
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