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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
Cyberpunk 2077 1313% 707%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1192% 638%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1150% 614%
FIFA 21 613% 307%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1888% 1036%
Far Cry 6 1944% 1068%
Genshin Impact 1313% 707%
Hitman 3 1738% 950%
eFootball PES 2021 613% 307%
Watch Dogs Legion 1263% 679%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT 512MB are significantly better than the Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop.

The 9600 GT has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and 28 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics 4600. This results in the 9600 GT providing 19.2 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 9600 GT has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and 14 more Render Output Units than the Graphics 4600. This results in the 9600 GT providing 9.6 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 Graphics 4600 was released over three years more recently than the 9600 GT, and so the Graphics 4600 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the 9600 GT when running the latest games.

The 9600 GT has 512 MB video memory, but the Graphics 4600 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD Graphics 4600 Desktop has 20 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB has 64. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics 4600 is 100 and the actual shader performance of the 9600 GT is 104. The 9600 GT having 4 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the 9600 GT delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Graphics 4600.

The Graphics 4600 transistor size technology is 43 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9600 GT. This means that the Graphics 4600 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9600 GT.

The HD Graphics 4600 Desktop requires 88 Watts to run and the GeForce 9600 GT 512MB requires 95 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Graphics 4600 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the 9600 GT. The 9600 GT requires 7 Watts more than the Graphics 4600 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the 9600 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Graphics 4600.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed400 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock1250 MHzvs-
ArchitectureHaswell GT2-MBTesla G94-300-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Ok vs -
Release Date03 Jun 2013vs01 Feb 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs57.6GB/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 Units20vs64
Actual Shader Performance5%vs5%
Texture Mapping Units4vs32
Texture Rate1.6 GTexel/svs20.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units2vs16
Pixel Rate0.8 GPixel/svs10.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power88 Wattsvs95 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop are Integrated Graphics in some of Intel's Desktop Haswell Processors.

The Haswell GT2 Core includes support for DirectX 11.1, OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 4.0. Additionally, it also offers better Decoding Performance, when compared to its Predecessors.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GT2 which offers 20 Shader Processing Units, 4 TMUs and 2 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 200MHz and goes up to 1250MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies from System to System. 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 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 800MHz.
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.

The Most Powerful Variant Offers Performance similar to a dedicated GeForce GT 220.
Select the Specific Version you have of this Graphics Card According to your Processor for a more Accurate Rank and experience using our tools.

System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a system with Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop.
GeForce 9600 GT 512MB is a High-End Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed G94-300-A1 which has 4 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 64 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 600MHz.

The GPU accesses a 512MB frame buffer of GDDR3, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 90W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and it requires at least one available 6-pin connector.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance on average with a more recent Radeon HD 5670.
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