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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 HD i7 2600K
Hitman 3 2000% 3575%
Cyberpunk 2077 1514% 2725%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1376% 2484%
Resident Evil 8 1514% 2725%
FIFA 21 714% 1325%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2171% 3875%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1329% 2400%
Genshin Impact 1514% 2725%
Far Cry 6 2236% 3988%
The Medium 1914% 3425%

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 2600K.

The HD i7 2600K 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 2600K. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 6.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the HD i7 2600K. 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 2600K 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 2600K. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 2.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the HD i7 2600K. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The HD i7 2600K was released over three years more recently than the 8600 GT, and so the HD i7 2600K 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 2600K does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 has 32 Shader Processing Units and the HD i7 2600K has 12. However, the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43 and the actual shader performance of the HD i7 2600K is 65. The HD i7 2600K 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 2600K transistor size technology is 48 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the HD i7 2600K is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce 8600 GT 512MB GDDR3 requires 46 Watts to run and the HD i7 2600K requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 8600 GT and a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the HD i7 2600K. The HD i7 2600K requires 49 Watts more than the 8600 GT to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD i7 2600K 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 Speed540 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1350 MHz
ArchitectureTesla G84Sandy Bridge GT2
OC Potential Poor vs None
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Apr 2007vs09 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed700 MHzvs667 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs21.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs12
Actual Shader Performance2%vs3%
Texture Mapping Units16vs2
Texture Rate8.6 GTexel/svs1.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs2
Pixel Rate4.3 GPixel/svs1.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power46 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 24 Ampsvs300 Watts & 22 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz-
Recommended RAM3 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 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.
Intel HD i7 2600K is the specific version of Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop that is Integrated in the Core i7-2600K 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 2600K.
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