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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition GeForce 8600 GT
Cyberpunk 2077 1156% 1514%
Hitman 3 1533% 2000%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1048% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1011% 1329%
FIFA 21 533% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1667% 2171%
Far Cry 6 1717% 2236%
Genshin Impact 1156% 1514%
Battlefield 6 1533% 2000%
Resident Evil 8 1156% 1514%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT.

The GT 730 has a 160 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GeForce 8600 GT. This results in the GT 730 providing 2.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 730 has a 160 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 8600 GT, but the GeForce 8600 GT has 4 more Render Output Units than the GT 730. As a result, the GeForce 8600 GT exhibits a 1.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 730. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 730 was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 8600 GT, and so the GT 730 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 8600 GT when running the latest games.

The GT 730 has 1792 MB more video memory than the GeForce 8600 GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GT 730 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GT 730 has 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the GT 730 is marginally better than the GeForce 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 730 is 134 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8600 GT is 43. The GT 730 having 91 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GT 730 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 8600 GT.

The GT 730 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8600 GT. This means that the GT 730 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT requires 47 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 730 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GeForce 8600 GT. The GT 730 requires 2 Watts more than the GeForce 8600 GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GT 730 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed700 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-400-A1Tesla G84
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date18 Jun 2014vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs32
Actual Shader Performance6%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate11.2 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs8
Pixel Rate2.8 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs47 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 18 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Pentium G3220 3.0GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1024x768

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce GT 730 v3.

This Edition comes with a special cooling solution which keeps the GPU cooler under load and no overclock out of the box.

Performance-wise, it's as fast as the reference GeForce GT 730 v3.
GeForce 8600 GT is a 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 540MHz and the memory clock operates at 700MHz. It will consume no more than 47 Watt.
It performs much better, when compared to GeForce 8600 GS, thanks to the extra Shading Units and remains within the same power envelope (47 Watt) due to being equipped with GDDR3 (against 8600 GS's DDR2).
This GPU is only suited for a 1024x768 (or less) resolution. Some of 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.
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