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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game FireGL 8800 GeForce 6500
Cyberpunk 2077 5847% 18425%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5339% 16843%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 5163% 16293%
FIFA 21 2900% 9244%
Watch Dogs Legion 5637% 17769%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5163% 16293%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 8426% 26457%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8268% 25966%
Godfall 9558% 29982%
Genshin Impact 5847% 18425%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FireGL 8800 are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce 6500.

The GeForce 6500 was released over three years more recently than the FireGL 8800, and so the GeForce 6500 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the FireGL 8800 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The GeForce 6500 has 128 MB more video memory than the FireGL 8800, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce 6500 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce 6500 has 3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the FireGL 8800, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 6500 is marginally better than the FireGL 8800.

The FireGL 8800 has 2 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 6500 has 4. However, the actual shader performance of the FireGL 8800 is 0 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 6500 is 1. The GeForce 6500 having 1 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce 6500 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the FireGL 8800.

We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the FireGL 8800.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed300 MHzvs350 MHz
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Architecture-NV44
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Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Jan 2001vs02 Jan 2005
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

Memory128 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed290 MHzvs333 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDRvsDDR
Memory Bandwidth2.3GB/secvs5.3GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2vs4
Actual Shader Performance-vs0%
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2048x1536vs2560x1600
VGA Connections-vs1
DVI Connections-vs1
HDMI Connections-vs0
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GPU Features

DirectX8.1vs9.0c
Shader Model1.4vs3.0
Open GL1.4vs1.5
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Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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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.The NVIDIA GeForce 6500 and 6200 graphics processing units (GPUs) featuring NVIDIA TurboCache technology take full advantage of the PCI Express bus to deliver the turbocharged system performance you need to play all the hottest games and applications.
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