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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9600 GSO EVGA Dual-Slot 768MB Edition Radeon HD 3800 series
Cyberpunk 2077 1157% 1209%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1050% 1098%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1012% 1059%
Watch Dogs Legion 1112% 1163%
FIFA 21 534% 560%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1012% 1059%
Godfall 1941% 2026%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1669% 1742%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1702% 1777%
Genshin Impact 1157% 1209%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GSO EVGA Dual-Slot 768MB Edition 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 9600 GSO has 256 MB more video memory than the HD 3800, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the 9600 GSO also has superior memory performance overall.

The 9600 GSO has 38.4 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 EVGA Dual-Slot 768MB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3800 series has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the 9600 GSO is 132 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3800 is 0. The 9600 GSO having 132 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 EVGA Dual-Slot 768MB Edition requires 84 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 Speed550 MHzvs-
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 May 2008vs01 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory768 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs-
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth38.4GB/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 Units96vs320
Actual Shader Performance6%vs-
Texture Mapping Units48vs16
Texture Rate26.4 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units12vs16
Pixel Rate6.6 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power84 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-

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 9600 GSO EVGA Dual-Slot 768MB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce 9600 GSO.
It offers twice as much video memory which will only offer a performance boost on superior resolutions which the card isn't very suited for from the begining. Nevertheless, expect an overall 7% performance boost over the reference 384MB card.
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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