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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 6600 GT GeForce 8500 GT
Cyberpunk 2077 4709% 3129%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4298% 2853%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 4155% 2757%
Watch Dogs Legion 4538% 3014%
Godfall 7709% 5143%
FIFA 21 2326% 1529%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4155% 2757%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6666% 4443%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 6794% 4529%
Genshin Impact 4709% 3129%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT.

The GeForce 8500 GT was released over a year more recently than the GeForce 6600 GT, and so the GeForce 8500 GT is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce 6600 GT.

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 8500 GT has 128 MB more video memory than the GeForce 6600 GT, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GeForce 6600 GT has superior memory performance.

The GeForce 6600 GT has 2.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 8500 GT, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 6600 GT is marginally better than the GeForce 8500 GT.

The GeForce 6600 GT has 11 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8500 GT has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 6600 GT is 6 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8500 GT is 18. The GeForce 8500 GT having 12 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce 8500 GT delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 6600 GT.

The GeForce 6600 GT requires 48 Watts to run and the GeForce 8500 GT requires 30 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GeForce 8500 GT, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GeForce 6600 GT. The GeForce 6600 GT requires 18 Watts more than the GeForce 8500 GT to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 6600 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce 8500 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs450 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureNV43Tesla G86
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Nov 2004vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900 - vs green tick
2.1
1920x1080 - vs green tick
1.4
2560x1440 - vs green tick
1
3840x2160 - vs green tick
0.5

GPU Memory

Memory128 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed475 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR2
Memory Bandwidth15.2GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 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 Units11vs16
Actual Shader Performance0%vs1%
Technology-vs80nm
Texture Mapping Units-vs8
Texture Rate-vs3.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs4
Pixel Rate-vs1.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power48 Wattsvs30 Watts
Recommended PSU-350 Watts & 22 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX9.0cvs10.0
Shader Model3.0vs4.0
Open GL1.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 2.0GHz
Recommended RAM-3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewSupercharge your gaming with the power of an NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GPU. The NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GPUs deliver best-in-class performance and advanced visual effects for next-generation games. The only GPU in its class with support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and with support for PCI Express, the GeForce 6600 delivers ultra-realistic effects, unmatched features, and rock-solid stability so you can play your game the way itís meant to be played. GeForce 8500 GT is a middle-class GPU based on the 80nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture.
It's based on the G86 Core and offers 16 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of DDR2. The central unit runs at 450MHz and the memory clock operates at 400MHz. It will consume no more than 45 Watt.
This GPU is only suited for a 1024x768 (or less) resolution. Most of today's games will only run at low settings and extremely demanding games might not run at all. DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease drastically, as the resolution increases.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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