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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Cyberpunk 2077 4657% 1738%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3136% 1150%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 3363% 1238%
Marvel's Avengers 3363% 1238%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 1906% 675%
Total War Saga: Troy 1745% 613%
Valorant 240% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4657% 1738%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 6114% 2300%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5046% 1888%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop are massively better than the Intel HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge).

The Graphics Desktop has a 450 MHz higher core clock speed than the Graphics 4600, but the Graphics 4600 has 3 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics Desktop. As a result, the Graphics 4600 exhibits a 0.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Graphics Desktop. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Graphics Desktop has a 450 MHz higher core clock speed but 1 fewer Render Output Units than the Graphics 4600. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the Graphics Desktop manages to provide 0.1 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 Graphics 4600 was released over a year more recently than the Graphics Desktop, and so the Graphics 4600 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Graphics Desktop.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) and the HD Graphics 4600 Desktop have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) and the HD Graphics 4600 Desktop are the same, which means the Graphics Desktop and the Graphics 4600 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) has 6 Shader Processing Units and the HD Graphics 4600 Desktop has 20. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Desktop is 24 and the actual shader performance of the Graphics 4600 is 100. The Graphics 4600 having 76 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Graphics 4600 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Graphics Desktop.

The HD Graphics Desktop (Sandy Bridge) requires 65 Watts to run and the HD Graphics 4600 Desktop requires 88 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Graphics 4600, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the Graphics Desktop. The Graphics 4600 requires 23 Watts more than the Graphics Desktop to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Graphics 4600 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Graphics Desktop.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs400 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs1250 MHz
ArchitectureSandy BridgeHaswell GT2-MB
OC Potential None vs None
Driver Support - vs Ok
Release Date01 May 2011vs03 Jun 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
5.1
1600x900 - vs green tick
3.5
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2.4
2560x1440 - vs green tick
1.8
3840x2160 - vs green tick
1.2

GPU Memory

MemoryN/AvsN/A
Memory Speed800 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs25.6GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6vs20
Actual Shader Performance1%vs5%
Technology22nmvs22nm
Texture Mapping Units1vs4
Texture Rate0.9 GTexel/svs1.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units1vs2
Pixel Rate0.9 GPixel/svs0.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs88 Watts
Recommended PSU-300 Watts & 22 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX11.1vs11.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.0vs4.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatednovsno
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

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

Architecture
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.

GPU
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.

Memory
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.

Performance
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.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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