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Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i7 6700K GeForce GT 740

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 740 are noticeably better than the Intel HD i7 6700K.

The GeForce GT 740 has a 643 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i7 6700K. This results in the GeForce GT 740 providing 26.2 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 GeForce GT 740 has a 643 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the HD i7 6700K. This results in the GeForce GT 740 providing 13.1 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 HD i7 6700K was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GT 740, and so the HD i7 6700K is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GT 740.

The GeForce GT 740 has 2048 MB video memory, but the HD i7 6700K does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i7 6700K has 24 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 740 has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i7 6700K is 221 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 740 is 381. The GeForce GT 740 having 160 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GT 740 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD i7 6700K.

The HD i7 6700K transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GT 740. This means that the HD i7 6700K is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GT 740.

The HD i7 6700K requires 91 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 740 requires 64 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the HD i7 6700K and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce GT 740. The HD i7 6700K requires 27 Watts more than the GeForce GT 740 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD i7 6700K to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GT 740.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed350 MHzvs993 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSkylake GT2-R0Kepler GK107-425-A2
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date05 Aug 2015vs29 May 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
6.4
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7.2
1600x900
4.9
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5.4
1920x1080
3.4
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3.8
2560x1440
2.3
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2.6
3840x2160
1.6
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1.7

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs2048 MB
Memory Speed1067 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR4vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth34.1GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units24vs384
Actual Shader Performance11%vs18%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs32
Texture Rate5.6 GTexel/svs31.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate2.8 GPixel/svs15.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power91 Wattsvs64 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 20 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD i7 6700K is the specific version of Intel HD Graphics 530 Desktop that is integrated in the Core i7-6700K Processor.

Architecture
The Skylake Core includes support for DirectX 12.1, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.4. Additionally, it also supports DDR4 Memory.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GT2 which offers 24 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 350MHz and goes up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies from laptop to laptop. Typically, the GPU reserves 1.7GB. Depending on whether or not the system's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface. The operating memory clock also depends on the at which speed the System's RAM is running and is limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 1067MHz.
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.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance almost on level with a dedicated GeForce 920M.

System Suggestions
Intel HD i7 6700K is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1366x768. We recommend a Decent Processor and 4GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GT 740 is a Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Kepler Architecture.

Architecture
The Kepler Architecture was NVIDIA's big step to power efficiency. Each Stream Multiprocessor (SMX) now hosts 192 Shader Processing Units - against the 48 of older Fermi Architecture, and has been redesigned being now clocked at the same speed of the Central Unit. This means they are more energy efficient and will consequently lead to cooler operating temperatures. However, it also means they are weaker. It can be said that one Fermi SMX is as fast as 2 Kepler SMXs.
Additionally, and not available in all GPUs, Kepler also introduced the Boost Clock Feature. The Boost Clock is an even higher Clock Speed activated when in gaming mode and becomes the effective speed of the GPU.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GK107-425-A2 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 993MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 64W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
GeForce GT 740 is essentially a fast GeForce GT 640.
Gaming benchmarks indicate its performance is not too far from the older GeForce GTX 650.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 740.
Recommended CPUAMD Opteron 1220
AMD Opteron 1220 SE
AMD Athlon II X2 215
AMD Opteron 8220
AMD Opteron 8220 SE
Intel Pentium G4620 3.7GHz
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 3.2GHz
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 3.2GHz
AMD FX-6100
Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesN/AN/A
GPU Variants-GeForce GT 740 Asus 2GB Edition
GeForce GT 740 Gainward One-Slot Cooler 2GB Edition
GeForce GT 740 Gainward One-Slot Cooler 1GB Edition
GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked DS 2GB Edition
GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked DS 4GB Edition
GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked SS 2GB Edition
GeForce GT 740 EVGA Superclocked SS 4GB Edition