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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB Quadro FX 5600
Halo: Reach 282% 220%
Cyberpunk 2077 1552% 1282%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1102% 906%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 642% 520%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1102% 906%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1552% 1282%
Doom Eternal 934% 765%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1737% 1437%
FIFA 20 540% 436%
Need For Speed Heat 1102% 906%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB.

The 9600 GSO was released over a year more recently than the Quadro FX 5600, and so the 9600 GSO is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Quadro FX 5600.

The Quadro FX 5600 has 1024 MB more video memory than the 9600 GSO, 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 33.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 9600 GSO, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro FX 5600 is noticeably better than the 9600 GSO.

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has 48 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro FX 5600 has 128. However, the actual shader performance of the 9600 GSO is 78 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 5600 is 77. The 9600 GSO having 1 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Quadro FX 5600 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The 9600 GSO transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro FX 5600. This means that the 9600 GSO is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro FX 5600. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the 9600 GSO should consume less power than the Quadro FX 5600.

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB requires 90 Watts to run and the Quadro FX 5600 requires 171 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the 9600 GSO and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Quadro FX 5600. The Quadro FX 5600 requires 81 Watts more than the 9600 GSO 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 9600 GSO.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Oct 2008vs03 May 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs1536 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth43.2GB/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 Units48vs128
Actual Shader Performance4%vs4%
Texture Mapping Units48vs-
Texture Rate31.2 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units12vs-
Pixel Rate7.8 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power90 Wattsvs171 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 26 Ampsvs750 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL2.1vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO 512 GPU offers a powerfully immersive entertainment experience designed for extreme high-definition gaming and video playback. Play the hottest DirectX 10 games with awesome speed and watch the latest HD DVD and Blu-ray movies with brilliant clarity. Featuring next generation GeForce and PureVideo HD technologies, the GeForce 9600 GSO 512 GPU puts amazing graphics performance within your reach.A revolutionary unified architecture, NVIDIA QuadroŽ 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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