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Gaming Performance Comparison

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 48. However, the actual shader performance of the 6600 GT is 6 and the actual shader performance of the Graphics 3000 is 126. The Graphics 3000 having 120 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.

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GPU Core Details

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

Memory256 MBvs-
Memory Speed500 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth16GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units11vs48
Actual Shader Performance6vs126
Technology-vs32nm
Texture Mapping Units-vs1
Texture Rate-vs0.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs1
Pixel Rate-vs0.9 GPixel/s
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GPU Display Tech

DirectX9.0cvs10.1
Shader Model3.0vs4.1
Open GL1.5vs3.1
Max Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs-
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM-2 GB
Recommended Screen Size-1024x768
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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 it’s meant to be playedIntel® HD Graphics, simplifies your designs by eliminating additional discrete graphics hardware, while integrating stunning visuals and performance for immersive2 gaming. That’s because the graphics engine and media processing in 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3, Core™ i5, and Core™ i7 processors are integrated right on the processor. Intel® HD Graphics delivers up to 3X performance over previous-generation Intel® HD Graphics – with additional headroom for future graphics applications. Plus, it integrates advanced 3D processing for stunning visual experiences.
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