NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M

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 1800M

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The NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M is a upper mid-range professional graphics card for mobile workstations with about 15" displays. It is based on the same chip as the GeForce GT 335M but can be also equipped with fast GDDR5 graphics memory. The FX1800M is shipped with professional drivers and a special BIOS that improves the performance and stability in applications like CAD and DCC.

The certified drivers guarantee flawless and fast working with professional applications like Premiere, Photoshop, After Effect, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, trueSpace, Blender, Catia, IronCAD, Cinema 4D, Lightwave 3D, Softimage, Mathematica ... A list of all certified applications can be found on the Nvidia.com homepage. Compared to GeForce products, the Quadro FX cards offer a significantly better performance, especially for OpenGL based apps.

The gaming performance should be similar to the GeForce GT 335M, altough gamers should choose a GeForce graphics card because of the optimized driver support (that leads to a better performance and less problems in games). Still all modern and demanding games of 2009 should at least run in medium detail settings (see the GeForce GT 335M page for more gaming results).

The chip is manufactured in 40nm and offers 72 1-dimensional unified shaders. These can be compared to about 300-400 5-dimensional shaders in graphics cards by AMD. These processing cores can also be accessed with CUDA, OpenCL, and DirectCompute to use the calculation power for other tasks than rendering images (for example transcoding videos). 

The QuadroFX 1800M also supports PureVideo HD with the new VideoProcessor (VP4) to decode HD videos on the graphics card. This helps reducing CPU load and increasing battery runtimes.

The Quadro FX 1800M also supports the automatic switching between the integrated and dedicated graphics card using Optimus. First mobile workstations do not offer Optimus, as the development cycles of these laptops are very long.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600MNVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
Quadro FX Series
Quadro FX 3800M (compare) 128 @ 675 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M (compare) 128 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M (compare) 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 (compare) 48 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M (compare) 48 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M (compare) 24/8 cores @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M (compare) 24/8 cores @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M (compare) 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M (compare) 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M (compare) 20/7 cores @ 375 MHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M (compare) 32 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M (compare) 32 @ 475 MHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M (compare) 16 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M (compare) 8 @ 580 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M (compare) 16 @ 400 MHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M (compare) 4/3 cores @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
Quadro FX 3800M (compare) 128 @ 675 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M (compare) 128 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M (compare) 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 (compare) 48 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M (compare) 48 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M (compare) 24/8 cores @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M (compare) 24/8 cores @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M (compare) 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M (compare) 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M (compare) 20/7 cores @ 375 MHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M (compare) 32 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M (compare) 32 @ 475 MHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M (compare) 16 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M (compare) 8 @ 580 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M (compare) 16 @ 400 MHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M (compare) 4/3 cores @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
CodenameNB8E-GLM
ArchitectureG9xGT2xx
96 - 72 -
Core500 MHz560 MHz
Shader1250 MHz1125 MHz
Memory800 MHz1100 MHz
Bus256 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR3DDR3, GDDR5
Max. Memory512 MB1024 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 10, 4.0DirectX 10.1, 4.1
Transistors754 Million
Technology65 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 technologyPowerMizer 9.0, EnergyStar (3.8W), 16x FSAA Support, CUDA, NVIEW, OpenGL 3.2
Size
Introduced23.02.2008 01.02.2010
MXM Factor III
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/quadrofx_36...http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...

3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
41502 Points (43%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
26705 Points (14%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 13176     avg: 13949.5     median: 13949 (26%)     max: 14723 Points
15249 Points (29%)
3DMark 06 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.6 points (94%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
5 points (71%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M → 100%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
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Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
98.1  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
59.5  fps
Quadro FX 3600M:
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Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
119.5  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
53.2  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
29  fps
Quadro FX 3600M:
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World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
63  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
41  fps
Quadro FX 3600M:
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F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
503  fps
med. 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
230  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
103  fps
Quadro FX 3600M:
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Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
176.5  fps
med. 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
177.3  fps
high 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
175.1  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 3600M:
167.8  fps
Quadro FX 3600M:
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