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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB Quadro FX 5600
Halo: Reach 312% 220%
Cyberpunk 2077 1682% 1282%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1197% 906%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 700% 520%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1197% 906%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1682% 1282%
Doom Eternal 1015% 765%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1882% 1437%
FIFA 20 591% 436%
Need For Speed Heat 1197% 906%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB.

The Quadro FX 5600 was released less than a year after the 8600 GTS, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Quadro FX 5600 has 1280 MB more video memory than the 8600 GTS, 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 44.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GTS, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro FX 5600 is noticeably better than the 8600 GTS.

The GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB has 32 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro FX 5600 has 128. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GTS is 54 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 5600 is 77. The Quadro FX 5600 having 23 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Quadro FX 5600 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GTS.

The 8600 GTS transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro FX 5600. This means that the 8600 GTS is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro FX 5600.

The GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB requires 75 Watts to run and the Quadro FX 5600 requires 171 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GTS and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the Quadro FX 5600. The Quadro FX 5600 requires 96 Watts more than the 8600 GTS 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 8600 GTS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84G80GL
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs03 May 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvs1536 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/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 Units32vs128
Actual Shader Performance3%vs4%
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate10.8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate5.4 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs171 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs750 Watts

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz-
Recommended RAM3 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1280x720-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 8600 GTS is a fast-middle-class GFX based on the 80nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture.
It's based on the G84 Core and offers 32 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of GDDR3. The central unit runs at 675MHz and the memory clock operates 1000MHz. It will consume no more than 75 Watt.
It's therefore a further clocked GeForce 8600 GT and should be significantly faster.
This GPU is only suited for a 1024x768 (or less) resolution. Today's games will run at medium settings although extremely demanding games might not run at all. DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease drastically, as the resolution increases.
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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