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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB Radeon HD 3800 series
Cyberpunk 2077 1170% 1209%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1061% 1098%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1024% 1059%
FIFA 21 540% 560%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1024% 1059%
Watch Dogs Legion 1125% 1163%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1720% 1777%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1102% 1140%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1687% 1742%
Genshin Impact 1170% 1209%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 3800 series.

The HD 3800 has no core clock speed set, so any comparison between Texture and Pixel Fill Rates is not currently possible.

The 9600 GSO was released less than a year after the HD 3800, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB and the Radeon HD 3800 series have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The 9600 GSO has 43.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 3800, which means that the memory performance of the 9600 GSO is noticeably better than the HD 3800.

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB has 48 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3800 series has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the 9600 GSO is 78 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3800 is 0. The 9600 GSO having 78 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the 9600 GSO delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 3800.

The HD 3800 transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9600 GSO. This means that the HD 3800 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9600 GSO. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD 3800 should consume less power than the 9600 GSO.

The GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB requires 90 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 3800 series. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the 9600 GSO.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs-
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Oct 2008vs01 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs-
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth43.2GB/secvs-
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 Units48vs320
Actual Shader Performance4%vs-
Texture Mapping Units48vs16
Texture Rate31.2 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units12vs16
Pixel Rate7.8 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power90 Watts-
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 26 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL2.1vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

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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.Radeon HD 3800 Series is not a GPU but instead a combination between Radeon HD 3830, Radeon HD 3850 and Radeon HD 3870 whose rank is a balance between the three and that exists for System Requirements purposes only.
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