FX 3600M vs FX 1800M
Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.
Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
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.
Rendering quality tests
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.
Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.
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