NVIDIA GeForce GT 520: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520

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 1.13 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.13
 
Architecture
Fermi 2.0
 
GPU code name
GF119
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
13 April 2011 (10 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$59
 
Price now
$19.99 (0.3x MSRP)
 

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 cores
48
 
of 10752 (GA102)
CUDA cores
48
 
Core clock speed
810 MHz
 
Number of transistors
292 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
29 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature
102 °C
 
Texture fill rate
6.5 billion/sec
 
Floating-point performance
155.52 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

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 support
16x PCI-E 2.0
 
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Length
5.7" (14.5 cm)
 
Height
2.7" (6.9 cm)
 
Supplementary power connectors
None
 

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 type
DDR3
 
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB (DDR3)
 
Memory bus width
64 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
900 MHz (DDR3)
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
14.4 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)

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 Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA
 
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-IHDMIVGA (optional)
 
Multi monitor support
+
 
HDMI
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 

API support

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

DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
Shader Model
5.1
 
OpenGL
4.2
 
OpenCL
1.1
 
Vulkan
N/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.

1.13

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.

380

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.

297

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.

This video card matches 62% minimum and 54% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
62%
Recommended
54%
Minimum
62%
Recommended
54%

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 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GT 520:

Similar GPUs

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User rating

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