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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 420M Quadro FX 1600M
Halo: Reach 404% 553%
Cyberpunk 2077 2078% 2721%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1485% 1954%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 878% 1167%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1485% 1954%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2078% 2721%
Doom Eternal 1263% 1666%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2322% 3038%
FIFA 20 744% 994%
Need For Speed Heat 1485% 1954%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 420M are noticeably better than the Nvidia Quadro FX 1600M.

The GeForce GT 420M was released over three years more recently than the Quadro FX 1600M, and so the GeForce GT 420M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Quadro FX 1600M when running the latest games.

The GeForce GT 420M and the Quadro FX 1600M have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GT 420M and the Quadro FX 1600M are the same, which means the GeForce GT 420M and the Quadro FX 1600M have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GT 420M has 96 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 GeForce GT 420M transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro FX 1600M. This means that the GeForce GT 420M is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro FX 1600M. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce GT 420M should consume less power than the Quadro FX 1600M.

The GeForce GT 420M requires 23 Watts to run and the Quadro FX 1600M requires 50 Watts. The Quadro FX 1600M requires 27 Watts more than the GeForce GT 420M 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 GT 420M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs625 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-N11P-GE-A1G84M
OC Potential Good vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date03 Sep 2010vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
4.4
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1600x900
3
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1920x1080
2.2
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2560x1440
1.6
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3840x2160 - green tick vs green tick -

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs25.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs-
Actual Shader Performance5%vs-
Technology40nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate2 GPixel/svs-
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs-
DVI Connections1vs-
HDMI Connections1vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power23 Wattsvs50 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-M330 2.13GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 420M is a middle-class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.

Architecture
The Fermi Architecture is manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed N11P-GE-A1 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 500MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 512MB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 800MHz.

Features
DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 23W, it is suited for 15" or larger laptops.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat below a desktop GeForce GT 430.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 420M.
The 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.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
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GPU Variants
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