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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i5 6500T GeForce 9600 GT Asus Magic HDMI 512MB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 725% 700%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 661% 638%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 747% 721%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 1093% 1057%
eFootball PES 2021 320% 307%
Genshin Impact 732% 707%
FIFA 21 320% 307%
Death Stranding 732% 707%
Watch Dogs Legion 703% 679%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 636% 614%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT Asus Magic HDMI 512MB Edition are marginally better than the Intel HD i5 6500T.

The 9600 GT has a 250 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i5 6500T. 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 i5 6500T. 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 i5 6500T was released over three years more recently than the 9600 GT, and so the HD i5 6500T 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 i5 6500T does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i5 6500T 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 i5 6500T is 211 and the actual shader performance of the 9600 GT is 96. The HD i5 6500T having 115 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the 9600 GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The HD i5 6500T transistor size technology is 51 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9600 GT. This means that the HD i5 6500T is expected to run massively cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9600 GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the HD i5 6500T should consume less power than the 9600 GT.

The HD i5 6500T requires 35 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 i5 6500T and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the 9600 GT. The 9600 GT requires 15 Watts more than the HD i5 6500T 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 HD i5 6500T.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed350 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock1100 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSkylake GT2-R0Tesla G94-300-A1
OC Potential None vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date01 Sep 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 Performance10%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 Power35 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 i5-6500T 2.5GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD i5 6500T is the specific version of Intel HD Graphics 530 Desktop that is integrated in the Core i5-6500T 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-R0 which offers 24 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 350MHz and goes up to 1100MHz, 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 i5 6500T 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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