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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 6600 GT 256MB Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop
Grand Theft Auto V 1749% 1125%
The Witcher III 2692% 1750%
Batman: Arkham Knight 3598% 2350%
Fallout 4 2198% 1423%
ARK: Survival Evolved 1749% 1125%
Assassins Creed: Syndicate 3183% 2075%
WWE 2K15 1674% 1075%
Star Wars: Battlefront 2164% 1400%
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 730% 450%
Mortal Kombat X 1749% 1125%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT 256MB.

The Graphics 3000 was released less than a year after the 6600 GT, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The 6600 GT has 256 MB video memory, but the Graphics 3000 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The GeForce 6600 GT 256MB has 11 Shader Processing Units and the HD Graphics 3000 Desktop has 12. However, the actual shader performance of the 6600 GT is 6 and the actual shader performance of the Graphics 3000 is 65. The Graphics 3000 having 59 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Graphics 3000 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 6600 GT.

The HD Graphics 3000 Desktop requires 95 Watts to run but there is no entry for the 6600 GT. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Graphics 3000, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the 6600 GT.

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed500 MHzvs850 MHz
ArchitectureNV43Sandy Bridge GT2
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsno
Release Date01 Nov 200401 Feb 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900 - vs green tick
2.3
1920x1080 - vs green tick
1.6
2560x1440 - vs green tick
1.2
3840x2160 - vs green tick
0.7

GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed500 MHzvs667 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth16GB/secvs21.3GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 1024 KB
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units11vs12
Actual Shader Performance6vs65
Technology-vs32nm
Texture Mapping Units-vs2
Texture Rate-vs1.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs2
Pixel Rate-vs1.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Display Tech

DirectX9.0cvs10.1
Shader Model3.0vs4.1
Open GL1.5vs3.1
Max Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-95 Watts

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM-4 GB
Recommended Screen Size-1024x768
Recommended PSU-300 Watts & 22 Amps

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewSupercharge your gaming with the power of an NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GPU. The NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GPUs deliver best-in-class performance and advanced visual effects for next-generation games. The only GPU in its class with support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 and with support for PCI Express, the GeForce 6600 delivers ultra-realistic effects, unmatched features, and rock-solid stability so you can play your game the way itís meant to be playedOverview
Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop are Integrated Graphics in some of Intel's Desktop Sandy Bridge Processors.

Architecture
The Sandy Bridge GT2 Core includes support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.1. Additionally, it also offers better Video Encoding and Decoding Performance, when compared to its Predecessor.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GT2 which offers 12 Shader Processing Units, 2 TMUs and 2 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 850MHz and goes up to 1350MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies from System to System. Typically, the GPU reserves 1.7GB. Depending on whether or not the system's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface. The operating memory clock also depends on which speed the System's RAM is running and is limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 667MHz.
It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

Performance
The Most Powerful Variant Offers Performance similar to a dedicated GeForce GT 610.
Select the Specific Version you have of this Graphics Card According to your Processor for a more Accurate Rank and experience using our tools.

System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a system with Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop.
Recommended CPU--
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU Variants-HD i7 2600K