FX 3500 vs FX 5600

Price now 169$
Games supported 54%
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
  • Interface PCIe 1.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 600 MHz
  • Max video memory 1536 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1600 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500
  • Interface PCIe 1.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 450 MHz
  • Max video memory 256 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1320 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 1600$
Games supported 50%

General info

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

Place in performance rating8781017
Value for money0.11no data
ArchitectureTesla (2006−2010)Curie (2003−2013)
GPU code nameG80G71
Market segmentWorkstationWorkstation
Release date5 March 2007
(15 years old)
22 May 2006
(16 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$2,999 $1,599
Current price$169 (0.1x MSRP)$1600 (1x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost 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. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores128no data
Core clock speed600 MHz450 MHz
Number of transistors681 million278 million
Manufacturing process technology90 nm90 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)171 Watt80 Watt
Texture fill rate38.409.000
Floating-point performance345.6 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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).

InterfacePCIe 1.0 x16PCIe 1.0 x16
Length254 mm173 mm
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-pinNone


Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR3GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount1536 MB256 MB
Memory bus width384 Bit256 Bit
Memory clock speed1600 MHz1320 MHz
Memory bandwidth76.8 GB/s42.24 GB/s

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 (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). 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 Connectors2x DVI, 1x S-Video2x DVI, 1x S-Video

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX11.1 (10_0)9.0c (9_3)
Shader Model4.03.0
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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.

FX 5600 1.43
FX 3500 0.74
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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%

FX 5600 561
FX 3500 291

Quadro FX 5600 outperforms Quadro FX 3500 by 93% in Passmark.

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 1.43 0.74
Recency 5 March 2007 22 May 2006
Cost $2999 $1599
Memory bus width 384 256
Memory bandwidth 76.8 42.24
Thermal design power (TDP) 171 Watt 80 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
Quadro FX 5600

since it shows better performance.

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Competitors of Quadro FX 5600 by AMD

The nearest Quadro FX 5600's AMD equivalent is FirePro V3900, which is faster by 17% and higher by 56 positions in our performance rating.

AMD FirePro V3900 FirePro V3900

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Quadro FX 5600:

FirePro M4150 169.23
FirePro W2100 160.84
FirePro V3900 117.48
Quadro FX 5600 100

Competitors of Quadro FX 3500 by AMD

It seems that there's no AMD equivalent for Quadro FX 3500. The nearest candidate is FirePro V3900, however, it's 127% faster and higher by 195 positions in our rating.

AMD FirePro V3900 FirePro V3900

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Quadro FX 3500:

FirePro M4150 327.03
FirePro W2100 310.81
FirePro V3900 227.03
Quadro FX 3500 100

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