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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 1156% 1514%
Hitman 3 1533% 2000%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1048% 1376%
Resident Evil 8 1156% 1514%
FIFA 21 533% 714%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1667% 2171%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1011% 1329%
The Medium 1467% 1914%
Genshin Impact 1156% 1514%
Far Cry 6 1717% 2236%

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 512MB GDDR3.

The GT 730 has a 160 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the 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 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 4 more Render Output Units than the GT 730. As a result, the 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 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 8600 GT when running the latest games.

The GT 730 has 1536 MB more video memory than the 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 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the GT 730 is marginally better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 730 is 134 and the actual shader performance of the 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 8600 GT.

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

The GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 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 8600 GT. The GT 730 requires 3 Watts more than the 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 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 Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date18 Jun 2014vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
5.3
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1600x900
3.8
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3.1
1920x1080
2.5
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2.2
2560x1440
1.9
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1.4
3840x2160 - vs green tick
0.9

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs512 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%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs32
Actual Shader Performance6%vs2%
Technology40nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate11.2 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs8
Pixel Rate2.8 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 18 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.0
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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 512MB GDDR3 is one of the many variants of the fast-middle-class GeForce 8600 GT.
On this version, the GPU is equipped with 512MB of standard GDDR3. The architecture allows the use of 512MB, since the GPU's processing power is strong enough and the memory controller is up for the task of processing 512MB. Therefore, the performance is superior to the 256MB version and any other version of DDR2, including 1GB.
However, and due to its architecture limitations, modern demanding games will require reduced settings, even if they don't require more than 512MB of video ram. Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 are only playable at the lowest settings.
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