FX 3600M vs FX 1800M

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

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Architecture
G9x
 
GT2xx
GPU code name
NB8E-GLM
 
GT215
Market segment
Mobile workstation
 
Mobile workstation
Launch date
23 February 2008 (13 years ago)
 
1 February 2010 (11 years ago)
Price now
$80
 
$309

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
96
 
72
Core clock speed
500 MHz
 
560 MHz
Transistor count
754 million
 
727 million
Manufacturing process technology
65 nm
 
40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
70 Watt
 
45 Watt
Texture fill rate
16.00
 
13.46
Floating-point performance
160 gflops
 
162 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Quadro FX 3600M and Quadro FX 1800M compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
large
 
medium sized
Interface
MXM-HE
 
MXM-A (3.0)

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: 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
GDDR3
 
DDR3, GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
512 MB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
800 MHz
 
1100 MHz
Memory bandwidth
51.14 GB/s
 
35.2 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones. OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
11.1 (10_1)
Shader Model
4.0
 
4.1
OpenGL
3.3
 
3.3
OpenCL
1.1
 
1.1
Vulkan
N/A
 
N/A
CUDA
1.1
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

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.

FX 3600M 466
FX 1800M 479 +2.8%

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4404 −2.5%
 
4515 +2.5%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4404 −2.5%
 
4515 +2.5%

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M

Cheaper ($80 vs $309)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)

More pipelines (96 vs 72)

Higher memory bandwidth (51.14 vs 35.2 GB/s)

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M

Much newer (1 February 2010 vs 23 February 2008)

Finer manufacturing process technology (40 vs 65 nm)

Lower power consumption (45 vs 70 watts)

CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)

So, Quadro FX 3600M or FX 1800M?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M and NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M. We've got no test results to judge.

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