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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6850M Quadro FX 3700M
Cyberpunk 2077 736% 823%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 665% 744%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 640% 717%
FIFA 21 322% 366%
Watch Dogs Legion 707% 791%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 640% 717%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1099% 1224%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1077% 1199%
Godfall 1258% 1399%
Genshin Impact 736% 823%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6850M are very slightly better than the Nvidia Quadro FX 3700M.

The Radeon HD 6850M was released over a year more recently than the Quadro FX 3700M, and so the Radeon HD 6850M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Quadro FX 3700M.

The Radeon HD 6850M and the Quadro FX 3700M have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The Quadro FX 3700M has 25.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 6850M, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro FX 3700M is slightly better than the Radeon HD 6850M.

The Radeon HD 6850M has 800 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro FX 3700M has 128. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 6850M is 270 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro FX 3700M is 70. The Radeon HD 6850M having 200 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 6850M delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Quadro FX 3700M.

The Radeon HD 6850M transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro FX 3700M. This means that the Radeon HD 6850M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro FX 3700M. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 6850M should consume less power than the Quadro FX 3700M.

The Radeon HD 6850M requires 50 Watts to run and the Quadro FX 3700M requires 75 Watts. The Quadro FX 3700M requires 25 Watts more than the Radeon HD 6850M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Quadro FX 3700M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon HD 6850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs550 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Granville PROG92M
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date04 Jan 2011vs14 Aug 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs51.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units800vs128
Actual Shader Performance13%vs3%
Texture Mapping Units40vs-
Texture Rate27 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units16vs-
Pixel Rate10.8 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs-
DVI Connections2vs-
HDMI Connections1vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2617M 2-Core 1.5GHz-
Recommended RAM6 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 6850M is a high-end GPU based on the 40nm Terrascale 2 architecture.
It's based on the Juniper Core (therefore related to Radeon HD 6770) and offers 800 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs on a 128-bit memory interface. Though fast GDDR5 is supported, the most common version features standard DDR3 but comes higher clocked. Its central clock runs at 675MHz and the memory clock operates at 800MHz.
Compared to Radeon HD 6850M, its performance is considerably slower due to being paired with standard DDR3 and the power consumption should remain similar since GDDR5 is more energy efficient.
Using a 720p resolution, most of today's games are only playable at medium settings but with very fluent frame rates (45+).
The Quadro® FX 3700M high-end mobile workstation graphics solution with its revolutionary unified architecture, delivers 1 GB memory, excellent image quality, and optimized visual computing application performance pushing the limits of a 17" mobile workstation. The reference standard for OpenGL 2.1, DirectX 10, and Shader Model 4.0, Quadro FX 3700M enables next generation applications with new levels of interactivity to meet the demands of CAD engineers, graphics designers, and other technical design professionals.
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