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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB Intel HD Graphics 4400 Desktop
Cyberpunk 2077 1682% 1682%
Call of Duty Warzone 1197% 1197%
Minecraft: Dungeons 1270% 1270%
Valorant 27% 27%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1882% 1882%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1682% 1682%
Doom Eternal 1221% 1221%
Maneater 1015% 1015%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 1148% 1148%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1112% 1112%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the 8600 GTS and the Graphics 4400 are equal.

The Graphics 4400 has no core clock speed set, so any comparison between Texture and Pixel Fill Rates is not currently possible.

The Graphics 4400 was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GTS, and so the Graphics 4400 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the 8600 GTS when running the latest games.

The 8600 GTS has 256 MB video memory, but the Graphics 4400 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB has 32 Shader Processing Units and the HD Graphics 4400 Desktop has 80. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GTS is 54 and the actual shader performance of the Graphics 4400 is 0. The 8600 GTS having 54 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the 8600 GTS delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Graphics 4400.

The Graphics 4400 transistor size technology is 58 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GTS. This means that the Graphics 4400 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GTS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics 4400 should consume less power than the 8600 GTS.

The GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB requires 75 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD Graphics 4400 Desktop. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GTS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs-
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G84Haswell: GT1
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs05 Jun 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory256 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs25.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs80
Actual Shader Performance3%vs-
Texture Mapping Units16vs4
Texture Rate10.8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs22
Pixel Rate5.4 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Watts-
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz-
Recommended RAM3 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1280x720-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 8600 GTS is a fast-middle-class GFX based on the 80nm variant of the first-shader unified architecture.
It's based on the G84 Core and offers 32 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of GDDR3. The central unit runs at 675MHz and the memory clock operates 1000MHz. It will consume no more than 75 Watt.
It's therefore a further clocked GeForce 8600 GT and should be significantly faster.
This GPU is only suited for a 1024x768 (or less) resolution. Today's games will run at medium settings although extremely demanding games might not run at all. DirectX 11 based games aren't supported and its performance will decrease drastically, as the resolution increases.
Intel HD Graphics 4400 Desktop is a variant of Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop, for ULV processors.
It features 20 Execution Units (80 Shader Processing Units) and its central-unit speed will range between XXXMHz and 1150MHz (Turbo Boost) and that the fastest memory supported is DDR3-1600 meaning its memory-clock will operate at 800MHz, at the most.
Compared to Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop, its performance is only slightly lower but its TDP is significantly lower.
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