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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro FX 3700 Quadro FX 5600
Halo: Reach 303% 220%
Cyberpunk 2077 1642% 1282%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 682% 520%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1168% 906%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1168% 906%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1642% 1282%
Doom Eternal 990% 765%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1837% 1437%
FIFA 20 575% 436%
Need For Speed Heat 1168% 906%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 are noticeably better than the Nvidia Quadro FX 3700.

The Quadro FX 3700 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 1024 MB more video memory than the Quadro FX 3700, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Quadro FX 5600 also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro FX 5600 has 25.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro FX 3700, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro FX 5600 is slightly better than the Quadro FX 3700.

The Quadro FX 3700 has 112 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro FX 5600 has 128. However, the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 3700 is 140 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 5600 is 77. The Quadro FX 3700 having 63 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Quadro FX 5600 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Quadro FX 3700 transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro FX 5600. This means that the Quadro FX 3700 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro FX 5600.

The Quadro FX 3700 requires 78 Watts to run and the Quadro FX 5600 requires 171 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Quadro FX 3700 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Quadro FX 5600. The Quadro FX 5600 requires 93 Watts more than the Quadro FX 3700 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Quadro FX 5600 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Quadro FX 3700.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date08 Jan 2008vs03 May 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs1536 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth51.2GB/secvs76.8GB/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 Units112vs128
Actual Shader Performance7%vs4%
Texture Mapping Units-vs-
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs-
Pixel Rate-vs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections-vs1
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections-vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power78 Wattsvs171 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Wattsvs750 Watts

GPU Features

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

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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.A 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.
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