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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i7 2700K GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3
Cyberpunk 2077 2725% 1514%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2484% 1376%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2400% 1329%
Hitman 3 3575% 2000%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3875% 2171%
FIFA 21 1325% 714%
Far Cry 6 3988% 2236%
Genshin Impact 2725% 1514%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 3950% 2214%
Watch Dogs Legion 2625% 1457%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 are significantly better than the Intel HD i7 2700K.

The HD i7 2700K has a 310 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 14 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i7 2700K. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 6.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD i7 2700K. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The HD i7 2700K has a 310 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 6 more Render Output Units than the HD i7 2700K. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 2.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD i7 2700K. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD i7 2700K was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the HD i7 2700K 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 HD i7 2700K does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i7 2700K has 12 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i7 2700K is 65 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The HD i7 2700K having 22 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 8600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD i7 2700K transistor size technology is 48 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the HD i7 2700K is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The HD i7 2700K requires 95 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the HD i7 2700K and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT. The HD i7 2700K requires 49 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD i7 2700K may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 8600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock1350 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSandy Bridge GT2Tesla G84
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date23 Oct 2011vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed667 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth21.3GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units12vs32
Actual Shader Performance3%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units2vs16
Texture Rate1.7 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units2vs8
Pixel Rate1.7 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power95 Wattsvs46 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs350 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.1vs4.0
Open GL3.1vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD i7 2700K is the specific version of Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop that is Integrated in the Core i7-2700K Processor.

The Central Unit Initially Runs at 850MHz and goes up to 1350MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Frame Buffer: Up to 1.7GB.

Memory Channel: 64-bit Or 128-bit.

Memory Clock: Up to 667MHz.

Memory Bandwidth: It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

Gaming Benchmarks Indicate its Performance is Similar to of a Dedicated GeForce GT 610.

System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a system with Intel HD i7 2700K.
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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