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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics 4200 Desktop GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 1688% 1514%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1535% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1482% 1329%
Hitman 3 2226% 2000%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2416% 2171%
FIFA 21 802% 714%
Far Cry 6 2487% 2236%
Genshin Impact 1688% 1514%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2463% 2214%
Watch Dogs Legion 1625% 1457%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are very slightly better than the Intel HD Graphics 4200 Desktop.

The 8600 GT has a 340 MHz higher core clock speed and 12 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics 4200. This results in the 8600 GT providing 7.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The 8600 GT has a 340 MHz higher core clock speed and 6 more Render Output Units than the Graphics 4200. This results in the 8600 GT providing 3.9 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Graphics 4200 was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the Graphics 4200 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the 8600 GT when running the latest games.

The 8600 GT has 512 MB video memory, but the Graphics 4200 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD Graphics 4200 Desktop has 20 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics 4200 is 83 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The Graphics 4200 having 40 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Graphics 4200 transistor size technology is 58 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the Graphics 4200 is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics 4200 should consume less power than the 8600 GT.

The HD Graphics 4200 Desktop requires 20 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Graphics 4200. The 8600 GT requires 26 Watts more than the Graphics 4200 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the 8600 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Graphics 4200.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed200 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock850 MHzvs-
ArchitectureHaswellTesla G84
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Jul 2013vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units20vs32
Actual Shader Performance4%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units4vs16
Texture Rate0.8 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units2vs8
Pixel Rate0.4 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power20 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU-350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.0vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel HD Graphics 4200 Mobile are integrated graphics in the ULV Haswell Desktop processors.
Their performance depends on the processor they are integrated on, as the latter defines the Base and Boost Clock, as well as on the SYSTEM RAM, which defines the operating memory clock, and whether the GPU accesses a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface.
Best case scenario, the Intel HD Graphics 4200 Desktop perform slightly above Intel HD 4000 Graphics, though some variants actually perform worse and so most modern demanding games will have to be played with the lowest settings, while a few aren't even playable.
GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 is one of the many variants of the fast-middle-class GeForce 8600 GT.
On this version, the GPU is equipped with 512MB of standard GDDR3. The architecture allows the use of 512MB, since the GPU's processing power is strong enough and the memory controller is up for the task of processing 512MB. Therefore, the performance is superior to the 256MB version and any other version of DDR2, including 1GB.
However, and due to its architecture limitations, modern demanding games will require reduced settings, even if they don't require more than 512MB of video ram. Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 are only playable at the lowest settings.
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