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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 315 512MB GeForce 6800 XT
Cyberpunk 2077 3194% 3398%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2913% 3100%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2815% 2996%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2815% 2996%
FIFA 21 1562% 1665%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 2582% 2748%
Genshin Impact 3194% 3398%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4536% 4823%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 4623% 4915%
Watch Dogs Legion 3078% 3275%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 315 512MB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce 6800 XT.

The GeForce 315 512MB was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 6800 XT, and so the GeForce 315 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 315 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 315 512MB also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce 315 512MB has 1.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 6800 XT, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 315 512MB is marginally better than the GeForce 6800 XT.

The GeForce 315 512MB has 48 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 6800 XT has 12. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 315 512MB is 52 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 6800 XT is 4. The GeForce 315 512MB having 48 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce 315 512MB delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 6800 XT.

The GeForce 315 512MB requires 33 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 315 512MB.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed475 MHzvs337 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Feb 2010vs02 Jan 2005
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed790 MHzvs350 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR
Memory Bandwidth12.6GB/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 Units48vs12
Actual Shader Performance3%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate7.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate3.8 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power33 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 18 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model4.1vs3.0
Open GL3.2vs1.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 315 is an entry-level GFX based on the 2009, 40nm, second-generation unified architecture.
It's based on the GT216 Core and offers 48 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 64-bit memory interface of standard DDR3. The central unit runs at 475MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 790MHz.
Its therefore an underclocked GeForce GT 220 and should perform considerably worse.
Today's modern demanding games are only playable at the lowest settings or 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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