NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M

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The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M is a professional graphics card for CAD, DCC and other modeling applications based upon the 8800M GTX consumer card (G92 architecture). It was a high-end card at the time of announcement. Certified drivers grant error-free and faster performance in professional applications. The FX 3600M was later succeeded by the more efficient 55nm FX 2800M and FX 3800M, both of which still utilize the G92 architecture.

The most important aspect of the Quadro FX 3600M is its use "Unified Shaders". There no longer exist any dedicated pixel or vertex shaders. Instead, the FX 3600M uses 64 so-called stream processors to handle most of the graphics work previously processed by pixel and vertex shaders. Furthermore, the shader units are clocked higher than the GPU core (1250 MHz).

The performance of the FX 3600M shoul be higher than the 1600M due to the 256 bit wide memory bus and the high number of Unified Shaders. According to Nvidia, the GPU is best suited for modelling large 3D scenes and complex models.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M

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This is a highend workstation graphic chip (for CAD and 3D programs optimized) with DirectX 10 and good OpenGL support - probably based on the GeForce 8700M GT graphic card. It is intended for digital content creators, engineers, earthscientists and other professional 3D applications. Certified drivers grant thecorrect and faster (compared to 8700M) representation of professional programs (CAD, CCD, visualisation software).

NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M

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The Nvidia Quadro FX 380M is a professional entry-level graphics card for mobile workstations. It is based on the GeForce 310M and therefore the 3D performance is not very good. Due to special drivers and optimizations, the performance for professional applications should be much better (than the 310M would perform). Another advantage are the certified drivers than ensure a good performance of professional applications without errors.

The card supports DirectX 10.1 and all the features of the G 310M (as it is based on the same GT218 core). Therefore PureVideo HD to decode HD videos with the graphics card is supported. The used Video Processor 4 (VP4) is able to fully decode H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and also MPEG-4 ASP (DivX or xVID) in hardware to minimize CPU load. MPEG-1 is not supported but can be easily handled by every modern CPU.

The gaming performance of the FX380M is similar to the GeForce 310M and therefore located in the entry level class. The professional drivers are however optimized for applications and may therefore deliver a worse performance. Modern 3D games like COD Modern Warfare 2 run only in low details and resolutions fluently. Some demanding games like NFS Shift or GTA4 wont run fluently at all. Less demanding games like SIMS 3 run in medium details and resolutions fluently. Therefore, the graphics card can not be recommended for gamers.

As the FX380M supports CUDA, DirectX Compute 10.1, and OpenCL, the shaders of the graphics processor can be used for other tasks than rendering images (e.g. faster encoding of videos).

The used GT218 core is manufactured in 40nm and based on the desktop GTX 200 architecture.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600MNVIDIA Quadro FX 1600MNVIDIA Quadro FX 380M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIANVIDIA
Quadro FX Series
Quadro FX 3800M 128 @ 675 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M 128 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M 96 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M 96 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 560 MHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M 48 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M 48 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M 24/8 cores @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M 24/8 cores @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M 20/7 cores @ 375 MHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M 32 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M 32 @ 475 MHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M 8 @ 580 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M 16 @ 400 MHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M 4/3 cores @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
Quadro FX 3800M 128 @ 675 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M 128 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M 96 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M 96 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 560 MHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M 48 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M 48 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M 24/8 cores @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M 24/8 cores @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M 20/7 cores @ 375 MHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M 32 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M 32 @ 475 MHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M 8 @ 580 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M 16 @ 400 MHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M 4/3 cores @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
Quadro FX 3800M 128 @ 675 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M 128 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M 96 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M 96 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 560 MHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M 48 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M 48 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M 24/8 cores @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M 24/8 cores @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M 20/7 cores @ 375 MHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M 32 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M 32 @ 475 MHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M 8 @ 580 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M 16 @ 400 MHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M 4/3 cores @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
CodenameNB8E-GLMNB8P-GLMn10m-glm
ArchitectureG9xG8xGT2xx
Cores96 - unified32 - unified16 - unified
Core500 MHz625 MHz625 MHz
Shader1250 MHz1250 MHz1530 MHz
Memory800 MHz800 MHz800 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit64 Bit
MemoryGDDR3GDDR3GDDR3, DDR3
Max. Memory512 MB256 MB512 MB
Shared Memorynonono
DirectXDirectX 10, 4.0DirectX 10, 4.0DirectX 10.1, 4.1
Transistors754 Million289 Million260 Million
Technology65 nm80 nm40 nm
FeaturesPureVideo technology (H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, WMV9 decoding acceleration), HDCP-capable, PowerMizer 7.0 energy administration (dynamic switching between performance and energy saving), HDR (High Dynamic-Range Lighting), designed for Windows Vista, supports Dual-Link DVI-D exits for TFT resolutions up to 2560x1600, LVDS, VGA, HDTV, HDCP, HDMI, PCI-E 16x, OpenGL 2.1, Gigathread technologyPureVideo, video scaling, LCDs with 1920x1200 pixel, PCI-Express, connection for ext. graphic cardDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, certified drivers
Size2/32/3
Introduced23.02.2008 01.06.2007 07.01.2010
MXM Factor IIICG shading language, 32 bit floating point precision, 12 bit subpixel precision, 128 bit precision of the graphic pipeline, vertex and pixelshader programmability, PCI-E inferface, FSAA with turned grid, nView multidisplay support, high-precision dynamic-range (HPDR) technology, hardware 3D clipping, full screen antialiasing
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/quadrofx_36...http://www.nvidia.com/page/nb_chipset.htmlhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...

3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
41502 Points (43%)
min: 27822     avg: 32843     median: 35198 (37%)     max: 35509 Points
41502 Points (43%)
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
26705 Points (14%)
min: 15060     avg: 16009     median: 15915 (8%)     max: 17144 Points
26705 Points (14%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 13176     avg: 13950     median: 13949.5 (26%)     max: 14723 Points
min: 9344     avg: 9963     median: 9873 (19%)     max: 10375 Points
7095 Points (13%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M → 100% n=6

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M → 69% n=6

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M → 74% n=6

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
98.1  fps
86%
Quadro FX 1600M:
83.2 84.2 ~ 84 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
59.5  fps
54%
Quadro FX 1600M:
31.5 33.3 ~ 32 fps
high 1024x768
Quadro FX 1600M:
13.6 14.4 15.9 ~ 15 fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
119.5  fps
44%
Quadro FX 1600M:
12.7 72.2 73.1 ~ 53 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
53.2  fps
51%
Quadro FX 1600M:
23.5 29.6 ~ 27 fps
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
29  fps
48%
Quadro FX 1600M:
13.2 15.6 ~ 14 fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
63  fps
59%
Quadro FX 1600M:
36 37 ~ 37 fps
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
41  fps
54%
Quadro FX 1600M:
21 23 ~ 22 fps
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
503  fps
94%
Quadro FX 1600M:
444 476 493 ~ 471 fps
med. 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
230  fps
70%
Quadro FX 1600M:
153 162 167 ~ 161 fps
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
103  fps
55%
Quadro FX 1600M:
56 56 59 ~ 57 fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
176.5  fps
95%
Quadro FX 1600M:
160.8 173.6 ~ 167 fps
med. 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
177.3  fps
95%
Quadro FX 1600M:
164.3 174 ~ 169 fps
high 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
175.1  fps
93%
Quadro FX 1600M:
160.6 165 ~ 163 fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
167.8  fps
77%
Quadro FX 1600M:
129.1 129.2 ~ 129 fps
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
Quadro FX 1600M:
548.9  fps

Average Gaming NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M → 70%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 53%

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