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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 310 512MB GeForce 6800 XT
Cyberpunk 2077 4197% 3398%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3830% 3100%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3702% 2996%
FIFA 21 2067% 1665%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3702% 2996%
Watch Dogs Legion 4044% 3275%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 6060% 4915%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5946% 4823%
Genshin Impact 4197% 3398%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 3968% 3213%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 6800 XT are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 310 512MB.

The GeForce 310 512MB was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 6800 XT, and so the GeForce 310 512MB is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 6800 XT 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 310 512MB has 256 MB more video memory than the GeForce 6800 XT, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce 310 512MB also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce 6800 XT has 4.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 310 512MB, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 6800 XT is marginally better than the GeForce 310 512MB.

The GeForce 310 512MB has 16 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 6800 XT has 12. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 310 512MB is 22 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 6800 XT is 4. The GeForce 310 512MB having 18 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce 6800 XT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce 310 512MB requires 31 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce 6800 XT. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce 310 512MB.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed589 MHzvs337 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Nov 2009vs02 Jan 2005
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs350 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs11.2GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs12
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units8vs-
Texture Rate4.7 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate2.4 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power31 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 18 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model4.1vs3.0
Open GL3.1vs1.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 310 512MB is an entry-level GFX based on the 2009, 40nm, second-generation unified architecture and a renamed GeForce 210.
It's based on the GT218 Core and offers 16 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs, on 64-bit memory interface of standard DDR2. The central unit runs at 589MHz and the memory clock operates at 400MHz.
1GB versions are also available which will perform similar to this one since this GPU does not benefit from a 1GB frame buffer.
It's only suited for modest 3D games (high settings). Modern demanding games will have to be played at the lowest settings or are unplayable at all. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
The groundbreaking new NVIDIA GeForce 6800 graphics processing units (GPUs) and their revolutionary technologies power worlds where reality and fantasy meet; worlds in which new standards are set for visual realism and quality, performance, and video functionality. The GeForce 6800 GPUs deliver powerful, elegant graphics to drench your senses, immersing you in unparalleled worlds of visual effects for the ultimate PC experience.
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