NVIDIA GeForce GT 520: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 810
  • Max video memory 1024 MB (DDR3)
  • Memory type DDR3
  • Memory clock speed 900 MHz (DDR3)
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2011
Performance 1.00

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GT 520 sales 13 April 2011 at a recommended price of $59. This is Fermi 2.0 architecture desktop card based on 40 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 1 GB (DDR3) of DDR3 memory clocked at 900 MHz (DDR3) are supplied, and together with 64 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 14.4 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is single slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 5.7" (14.5 cm). No additional power connector is required, and power consumption is at 29 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

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of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GT 520's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating984
Value for money0.04
ArchitectureFermi 2.0 (2010−2014)
GPU code nameGF119
Market segmentDesktop
Release date13 April 2011 (11 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$59
Price now$103 (1.7x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GT 520's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GT 520's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores48of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores48
Core clock speed810 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors292 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology40 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)29 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature102 °C
Texture fill rate6.5 billion/secof 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance155.52 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GT 520's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus support16x PCI-E 2.0
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length5.7" (14.5 cm)
Height2.7" (6.9 cm)
Width1-slot
Supplementary power connectorsNone

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GT 520: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeDDR3
Maximum RAM amount1 GB (DDR3)of 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed900 MHz (DDR3)of 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth14.4 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GT 520. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display ConnectorsDual Link DVI-IHDMIVGA (optional)
Multi monitor support+
HDMI+
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536
Audio input for HDMIInternal

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GT 520, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.2of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.1
VulkanN/A
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GT 520. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GT 520 1.00
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GT 520 298

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GT 520 380

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GT 520 1139

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GT 520. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 10 Mh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 3 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GT 520 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GT 520 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GT 520 from AMD is Radeon HD 2900 GT, which is slower by 2% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

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