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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i7 6700K GeForce 9600 GT Asus Magic HDMI 512MB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 664% 664%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 614% 614%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 664% 664%
Halo: Reach 143% 143%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 950% 950%
Cyberpunk 2077 950% 950%
Borderlands 3 707% 707%
FIFA 20 307% 307%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 780% 780%
eFootball PES 2020 421% 421%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the HD i7 6700K and the 9600 GT are equal.

The 9600 GT has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i7 6700K. This results in the 9600 GT providing 13.6 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 8 more Render Output Units than the HD i7 6700K. This results in the 9600 GT providing 6.8 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 three years more recently than the 9600 GT, and so the HD i7 6700K 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 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 9600 GT Asus Magic HDMI 512MB Edition has 64. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i7 6700K is 221 and the actual shader performance of the 9600 GT is 96. The HD i7 6700K having 125 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 9600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD i7 6700K transistor size technology is 51 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9600 GT. This means that the HD i7 6700K is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9600 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD i7 6700K should consume less power than the 9600 GT.

The HD i7 6700K requires 91 Watts to run and the GeForce 9600 GT Asus Magic HDMI 512MB Edition requires 50 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the HD i7 6700K and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 9600 GT. The HD i7 6700K requires 41 Watts more than the 9600 GT to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD i7 6700K may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the 9600 GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed350 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock1150 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSkylake GT2-R0Tesla G94-300-A1
OC Potential None vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date05 Aug 2015vs01 Feb 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed1067 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR4vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth34.1GB/secvs25.6GB/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 Units24vs64
Actual Shader Performance11%vs5%
Texture Mapping Units16vs32
Texture Rate5.6 GTexel/svs19.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs16
Pixel Rate2.8 GPixel/svs9.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power91 Wattsvs50 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 20 Ampsvs350 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.4vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel 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 i7 6700K is the specific version of Intel HD Graphics 530 Desktop that is integrated in the Core i7-6700K Processor.

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

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.

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.

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.
GeForce 9600 GT Asus Magic HDMI 512MB Edition is a special edition of GeForce 9600 GT 512MB.
This edition comes with one HDMI port and optimized for low power consumption. To achieve that, the Core-Clock was reduced by 50MHz to 600MHz and the GPU accesses DDR2 memory, leading to an over 50% slower operating memory clock.
As a result, the card allegedly consumes up to 40% less energy under load (and heats less) but it offers very little resilience to higher resolutions and has a relatively lower shading performance.
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