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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro FX 3700 Radeon HD 3850 AGP
Halo: Reach 303% 229%
Cyberpunk 2077 1642% 1324%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1168% 937%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 682% 540%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1168% 937%
Doom Eternal 990% 791%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1642% 1324%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1837% 1484%
FIFA 20 575% 452%
Need For Speed Heat 1168% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP are noticeably better than the Nvidia Quadro FX 3700.

The Quadro FX 3700 was released less than a year after the HD 3850, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Quadro FX 3700 and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The HD 3850 has 1.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro FX 3700, which means that the memory performance of the HD 3850 is marginally better than the Quadro FX 3700.

The Quadro FX 3700 has 112 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 3700 is 140 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3850 is 214. The HD 3850 having 74 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 Quadro FX 3700.

The HD 3850 transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro FX 3700. This means that the HD 3850 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro FX 3700. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 3850 should consume less power than the Quadro FX 3700.

The Quadro FX 3700 requires 78 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Quadro FX 3700 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The Quadro FX 3700 requires 3 Watts more than the HD 3850 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Quadro FX 3700 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the HD 3850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureG92RV670 PRO
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date08 Jan 2008vs03 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs830 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth51.2GB/secvs53.1GB/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 Units112vs320
Actual Shader Performance7%vs10%
Texture Mapping Units-vs16
Texture Rate-vs10.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs16
Pixel Rate-vs10.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections-vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections-vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power78 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU450 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 ReviewThe Quadro line of GPU cards emerged in an effort at market segmentation by NVIDIA. In introducing Quadro, NVIDIA was able to charge a premium for essentially the same graphics hardware in professional markets, and direct resources to properly serve the needs of those markets. To differentiate their offerings, NVIDIA used driver software and firmware to enable features vital to segments of the workstation market; e.g., high performance anti-aliased lines and two-sided lighting were reserved for the Quadro product. In addition, improved support through a certified driver program was put in place. These features were of little value in the gaming markets that NVIDIA's products already sold to, but prevented high end customers from using the less expensive products. This practice continues even today although some products use higher capacity faster memory.Radeon 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.
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