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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) FireGL V5600
Red Dead Redemption 2 3363% 2246%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3363% 2246%
Cyberpunk 2077 4657% 3124%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 3136% 2093%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4657% 3124%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 1486% 975%
The Outer Worlds 2780% 1852%
Borderlands 3 3557% 2378%
FIFA 20 1745% 1150%
Need For Speed Heat 3363% 2246%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FireGL V5600 are significantly better than the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge).

The Graphics Desktop was released over three years more recently than the FireGL V5600, and so the Graphics Desktop is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the FireGL V5600 when running the latest games.

The FireGL V5600 has 512 MB video memory, but the Graphics Desktop does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) has 6 Shader Processing Units and the FireGL V5600 has 120. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Desktop is 24 and the actual shader performance of the FireGL V5600 is 62. The FireGL V5600 having 38 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FireGL V5600 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Graphics Desktop.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) requires 65 Watts to run but there is no entry for the FireGL V5600. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the FireGL V5600, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Graphics Desktop.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSandy Bridge-
OC Potential None vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 May 2011vs01 Jan 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs1100 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR4
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs35.2GB/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 Units6vs120
Actual Shader Performance1%vs3%
Texture Mapping Units1vs-
Texture Rate0.9 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units1vs-
Pixel Rate0.9 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2048x1536
VGA Connections0vs-
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Watts-
Recommended PSU-350 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.0vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewIntel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) are integrated graphics in the budget Celeron and Pentium Sandy Bridge 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.
More details to be added soon.
The ATI FireGL range of video cards, renamed to FirePro 3D in late 2008, is the series specifically for CAD (Computer Aided Design) and DCC (Digital Content Creation) software, usually found in workstations. The FireGL line is designed for multimedia content creation programs, such as 3DS Max, and mechanical engineering design software such as Solidworks, whereas Radeon counterparts are suited towards video games. FireGL drivers were built with maximum image quality and pixel precision, with CAD specific functionalities such as the recently introduced AutoDetection Technology to tune the parameters inside the driver to achieve maximum performance for predefined list of software. However, because the drivers are also based on the Catalyst drivers made for the Radeon line, it makes them suitable for gaming, at the expense of probable compatibility issues with the very latest games due to the age of the drivers, with FireGL cards in theory pushing more data than their Radeon gaming counterparts.
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