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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FireGL V8600 Radeon HD 3850 AGP
Red Dead Redemption 2 1202% 937%
Halo: Reach 314% 229%
Cyberpunk 2077 1688% 1324%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1202% 937%
Doom Eternal 1019% 791%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1688% 1324%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1889% 1484%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 703% 540%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1688% 1324%
Need For Speed Heat 1202% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 3850 AGP are noticeably better than the AMD FireGL V8600.

The HD 3850 was released over a year more recently than the FireGL V8600, and so the HD 3850 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the FireGL V8600.

The FireGL V8600 has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FireGL V8600 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FireGL V8600 has 58 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 3850, which means that the memory performance of the FireGL V8600 is much better than the HD 3850.

Both the FireGL V8600 and the Radeon HD 3850 AGP have 320 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the HD 3850 is 214 and by the FireGL V8600 is 214. Knowing that the shader performance of the HD 3850 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Radeon HD 3850 AGP requires 75 Watts to run but there is no entry for the FireGL V8600. We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the FireGL V8600 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 3850. The FireGL V8600 has been recommended a PSU with 200 Watts more than the HD 3850. The difference is significant enough that the FireGL V8600 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the HD 3850.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed688 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
Architecture-RV670 PRO
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Jan 2007vs03 Jan 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed868 MHzvs830 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR4vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth111.1GB/secvs53.1GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units320vs320
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 Power-75 Watts
Recommended PSU650 Wattsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL2.1vs3.3
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

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe ATI FireGL range of video cards, renamed to FirePro 3D in late 2008, is the series specifically for CAD (Computer Aided Design) and DCC (Digital Content Creation) software, usually found in workstations. The FireGL line is designed for multimedia content creation programs, such as 3DS Max, and mechanical engineering design software such as Solidworks, whereas Radeon counterparts are suited towards video games. FireGL drivers were built with maximum image quality and pixel precision, with CAD specific functionalities such as the recently introduced AutoDetection Technology to tune the parameters inside the driver to achieve maximum performance for predefined list of software. However, because the drivers are also based on the Catalyst drivers made for the Radeon line, it makes them suitable for gaming, at the expense of probable compatibility issues with the very latest games due to the age of the drivers, with FireGL cards in theory pushing more data than their Radeon gaming counterparts.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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