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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Quadro FX 1600M GeForce 8600M GT
Red Dead Redemption 2 1954% 3162%
Cyberpunk 2077 2721% 4382%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 1167% 1912%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2721% 4382%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1954% 3162%
Doom Eternal 1666% 2705%
FIFA 20 994% 1638%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3038% 4885%
Need For Speed Heat 1954% 3162%
Halo: Reach 553% 937%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro FX 1600M are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT.

Both the Quadro FX 1600M and the GeForce 8600M GT were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The Quadro FX 1600M has 256 MB more video memory than the GeForce 8600M GT, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Quadro FX 1600M also has superior memory performance overall.

The Quadro FX 1600M has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 8600M GT, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro FX 1600M is marginally better than the GeForce 8600M GT.

The GeForce 8600M GT has 32 Shader Processing Units but the Quadro FX 1600M does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The Quadro FX 1600M requires 50 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GT requires 20 Watts. The Quadro FX 1600M requires 30 Watts more than the GeForce 8600M GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Quadro FX 1600M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce 8600M GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs475 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2007vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units-vs32
Actual Shader Performance-vs1%
Texture Mapping Units-vs-
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs-
Pixel Rate-vs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections-vs-
DVI Connections-vs1
HDMI Connections-vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs20 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL2.1vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM--
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution--

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Quadro line of GPU cards emerged in an effort at market segmentation by NVIDIA. In introducing Quadro, NVIDIA was able to charge a premium for essentially the same graphics hardware in professional markets, and direct resources to properly serve the needs of those markets. To differentiate their offerings, NVIDIA used driver software and firmware to enable features vital to segments of the workstation market; e.g., high performance anti-aliased lines and two-sided lighting were reserved for the Quadro product. In addition, improved support through a certified driver program was put in place. These features were of little value in the gaming markets that NVIDIA's products already sold to, but prevented high end customers from using the less expensive products. This practice continues even today although some products use higher capacity faster memory.GeForce 8600M GT is a middle class level GPU part of the 8000M Series released by NVIDIA, in 2007.
Very demanding games (e.g. Metro 2033, The Witcher 2) are most certainly unplayable and demanding games (e.g. Crysis 2, Skyrim V) might only be playable on the lowest settings. Moderate and less demanding games, like Call of Duty: Black Ops, should be playable smoothly at Medium settings.
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