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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro FX 5600 Radeon HD 3850 X2
Red Dead Redemption 2 906% 687%
Doom Eternal 765% 576%
Cyberpunk 2077 1282% 981%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 906% 687%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 520% 385%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1282% 981%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1282% 981%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1437% 1102%
Need For Speed Heat 906% 687%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 61% 70%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 3850 X2 are noticeably better than the Nvidia Quadro FX 5600.

The HD 3850 was released less than a year after the Quadro FX 5600, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Quadro FX 5600 has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 3850 has superior memory performance.

The HD 3850 has 29.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro FX 5600, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is slightly better than the Quadro FX 5600.

The Quadro FX 5600 has 128 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 X2 has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 5600 is 77 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 428. The HD 3850 having 351 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 3850 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Quadro FX 5600.

The HD 3850 transistor size technology is 35 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro FX 5600. This means that the HD 3850 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro FX 5600.

The Quadro FX 5600 requires 171 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 X2 requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Quadro FX 5600 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The Quadro FX 5600 requires 31 Watts more than the HD 3850 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Quadro FX 5600 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 3850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed600 MHzvs669 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureG80GLRV670 PRO
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date03 May 2007vs04 Apr 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1536 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs828 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth76.8GB/secvs106GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units128vs640
Actual Shader Performance4%vs21%
Texture Mapping Units-vs32
Texture Rate-vs21.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs32
Pixel Rate-vs21.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power171 Wattsvs140 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL3.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM-4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewA revolutionary unified architecture, NVIDIA Quadro® FX 5600 and 4600 graphics boards deliver optimized application performance. Combining the industry's most advanced feature set, including largest frame buffers, with a C programming environment, Quadro solutions solve the most complex problems. The reference standard for Shader Model 4.0, Quadro FX 5600 and 4600 enables next generation applications with unprecedented image quality. Radeon HD 3850 X2 (not Crossfire) is a dual-graphics solution of two Radeon HD 3850.
This combination is expected to offer almost the same performance as Radeon HD 3850 Crossfired while consuming slightly less power. However, and just like Crossfire, its performance also relies a lot on proper driver support.
Today's modern demanding games will have to be played using the medium preset but with fluent frame rates. However, DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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