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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8500 GT Inno3D 1GB Edition GeForce 6800 XT
Cyberpunk 2077 3129% 3398%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2853% 3100%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2757% 2996%
FIFA 21 1529% 1665%
Watch Dogs Legion 3014% 3275%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2757% 2996%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 4529% 4915%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4443% 4823%
Godfall 5143% 5581%
Genshin Impact 3129% 3398%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT Inno3D 1GB Edition are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce 6800 XT.

The 8500 GT was released over a year more recently than the GeForce 6800 XT, and so the 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 6800 XT.

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 8500 GT has 768 MB more video memory than the GeForce 6800 XT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the 8500 GT also has superior memory performance overall.

The 8500 GT has 1.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 6800 XT, which means that the memory performance of the 8500 GT is marginally better than the GeForce 6800 XT.

The GeForce 8500 GT Inno3D 1GB Edition has 16 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 6800 XT has 12. However, the actual shader performance of the 8500 GT is 18 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 6800 XT is 4. The 8500 GT having 14 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the 8500 GT delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 6800 XT.

The GeForce 8500 GT Inno3D 1GB Edition requires 30 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce 6800 XT. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8500 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed460 MHzvs337 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G86NV40/NV41
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 May 2007vs02 Jan 2005
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs350 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR
Memory Bandwidth12.8GB/secvs11.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick 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 Rate3.7 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate1.8 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power30 Watts-
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 22 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs3.0
Open GL3.3vs1.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E4400 2.0GHz-
Recommended RAM3 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 8500 GT Inno3D 1GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce 8500 GT. See the page of the standard version for more information.
The new features include a small OC on the core-clock that went from 450MHz to 460MHz. The video memory size was increased to 1GB but that may prove useless, since high video memory usages results from gaming at extreme resolutions and using techniques like AA, MSAA. Due to its architecture limitations (in the core G86) GeForce 8500 GT Inno3D 1GB Edition is not powerful enough to process that much information.
The performance boost is very reduced and so Very Demanding games will require very reduced settings while modern, demanding games will run fluently from low to medium settings.
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