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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro NVS 290 GeForce 6500
Cyberpunk 2077 5847% 18425%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5339% 16843%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 5163% 16293%
FIFA 21 2900% 9244%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5163% 16293%
Watch Dogs Legion 5637% 17769%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 8426% 26457%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 5532% 17441%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8268% 25966%
Genshin Impact 5847% 18425%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro NVS 290 are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 6500.

The Quadro NVS 290 was released over a year more recently than the GeForce 6500, and so the Quadro NVS 290 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 Quadro NVS 290 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 Quadro NVS 290 has 1.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 6500, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro NVS 290 is marginally better than the GeForce 6500.

The Quadro NVS 290 has 16 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 6500 has 4. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro NVS 290 is 18 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 6500 is 1. The Quadro NVS 290 having 17 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Quadro NVS 290 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 6500.

The Quadro NVS 290 requires 21 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce 6500.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed460 MHzvs350 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date04 Oct 2007vs02 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 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs4
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units8vs-
Texture Rate3.7 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate1.8 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power21 Watts-
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs3.0
Open GL3.3vs1.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM2 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewQuadro NVS 290 is a professional Graphics Card certified for professional applications.
Its drivers are not optimized for gaming purposes but rather for the use of professional applications. Its core, the G86, is used on the GeForce 8400 GS and therefore its performance is comparable but slightly worse, due to not benefiting from gaming optimizations that 8400 GS does.
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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