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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) GeForce 6800 GT
Red Dead Redemption 2 3363% 2349%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3363% 2349%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 3136% 2188%
Cyberpunk 2077 4657% 3264%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4657% 3264%
Borderlands 3 3557% 2486%
The Outer Worlds 3072% 2143%
FIFA 20 1745% 1204%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 1486% 1021%
eFootball PES 2020 2262% 1570%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT are significantly better than the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge).

The Graphics Desktop has a 500 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 6800 GT, but the GeForce 6800 GT has 15 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the GeForce 6800 GT exhibits a 4.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Graphics Desktop. Neither of these GPUs support DirectX 10 or higher, so Texture Rate holds more weight than when comparing more modern GPUs.

The Graphics Desktop has a 500 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 6800 GT, but the GeForce 6800 GT has 15 more Render Output Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the GeForce 6800 GT exhibits a 4.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Graphics Desktop. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Graphics Desktop was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 6800 GT, 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 GeForce 6800 GT when running the latest games.

The GeForce 6800 GT has 256 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 GeForce 6800 GT has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Desktop is 24 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 6800 GT is 6. The Graphics Desktop having 18 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce 6800 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Graphics Desktop transistor size technology is 108 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 6800 GT. This means that the Graphics Desktop is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 6800 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics Desktop should consume less power than the GeForce 6800 GT.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) requires 65 Watts to run and the GeForce 6800 GT requires 67 Watts. The GeForce 6800 GT requires 2 Watts more than the Graphics Desktop to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 6800 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Graphics Desktop.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs350 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSandy BridgeNV45
OC Potential None vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 May 2011vs08 Jun 2004
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs256 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs500 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs32GB/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 Units6vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units1vs16
Texture Rate0.9 GTexel/svs5.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units1vs16
Pixel Rate0.9 GPixel/svs5.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs67 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs3.0
Open GL4.0vs1.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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 groundbreaking new NVIDIA GeForce 6800 graphics processing units (GPUs) and their revolutionary technologies power worlds where reality and fantasy meet; worlds in which new standards are set for visual realism and quality, performance, and video functionality. The GeForce 6800 GPUs deliver powerful, elegant graphics to drench your senses, immersing you in unparalleled worlds of visual effects for the ultimate PC experience.
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