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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 550M 2GB Quadro FX 3600M
Cyberpunk 2077 1122% 1097%
Hitman 3 1489% 1457%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1017% 995%
Resident Evil 8 1122% 1097%
FIFA 21 516% 504%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1619% 1584%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 981% 959%
The Medium 1424% 1394%
Genshin Impact 1122% 1097%
Far Cry 6 1668% 1632%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro FX 3600M are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 550M 2GB.

The GT 550M was released over a year more recently than the Quadro FX 3600M, and so the GT 550M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Quadro FX 3600M.

The GT 550M has 1024 MB more video memory than the Quadro FX 3600M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The Quadro FX 3600M has 22.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 550M, which means that the memory performance of the Quadro FX 3600M is slightly better than the GT 550M.

The GT 550M has 96 Shader Processing Units but the Quadro FX 3600M does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The GT 550M transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Quadro FX 3600M. This means that the GT 550M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Quadro FX 3600M. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GT 550M should consume less power than the Quadro FX 3600M.

The GeForce GT 550M 2GB requires 35 Watts to run and the Quadro FX 3600M requires 70 Watts. The Quadro FX 3600M requires 35 Watts more than the GT 550M to run. The difference is significant enough that the Quadro FX 3600M may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 550M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed740 MHzvs500 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108G92M
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date06 Jan 2011vs23 Feb 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/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 Units96vs-
Actual Shader Performance7%vs-
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate11.8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate3 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power35 Wattsvs70 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 550M 2GB is a middle-class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi 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.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GF108 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 740MHz.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

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 35W, it is suited for 15" or larger laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance only slightly above 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 550M 2GB.
NVIDIA Quadro® FX 3600M GPU, with a revolutionary unified architecture, delivers optimal visual-computing performance and superior image quality. The reference standard for Shader Model 4.0, Quadro FX 3600M solutions endow next-generation CAD, DCC, and visualization applications with new levels of interactivity, enabling unprecedented capabilities on the mobile workstation.
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