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GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Fri May 06, 2011 7:15 am

I'm moving home to Australia having spent the past two years in Bangkok. As I pack I'm trying to figure what I should keep and what I should throw away or donate.

In my current desktop I have an i5-760 (i.e. no integrated graphics) and a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 (1 GB). This is more than enough for my needs as I don't game at all any more. I'll ship this computer back to Australia in toto.

But I also have an ECS GeForce 8600GT from a pervious build. Furthermore, I did away with the stock cooler and strapped a Thermalright passive cooler on it. Although this GPU isn't particularly fast, the graphics card is silent. So potentially it's a nice thing to have lying around. It's very heavy though and every kg counts when you're moving all your stuff abroad.

With the way GPU tech evolves, there seems to be little point in hanging onto this bulky graphics card if it's been eclipsed or matched by current integrated solutions. So what I'd like to know is: In terms of pixel pushing ability, how does the 8600GT stack up against a second-gen Intel Core i7 (e.g. i7-2600K or i7-2600)?

Are they approximately equal in terms of power? Is one an order of magnitude above the other? I've lost track with these things and I wonder if someone can help me out.

Thanks.
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Fri May 06, 2011 8:38 am

http://techreport.com/articles.x/20728/3

Here's a few comparisons to help.

The integrated is probably fine for casual gaming and most day-to-day stuff.
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Fri May 06, 2011 8:55 am

Thanks for the link Scrotos.

Do you know where the 8600 GT sits with regard to say, the Radeon HD 6450?
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Fri May 06, 2011 2:27 pm

This guy rates GPUs and CPUs. Unfortunately, he hasn't updated it with many of the 6000 series Radeons yet.

The 8600 GT is an old and slow card. I think it was even low-end when it came out. Based on this chart, it looks like the Radeon HD 6450 is comparable in performance to a GeForce GT 220. On Emsai's chart, the GT 220 gets a 1.7 rating compared to the 8600 GT's 1.3.

Based on that, the performance of the 8600 GT and the new Sandy Bridge graphics should be pretty close to each other.
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Fri May 06, 2011 7:32 pm

Hey Thanks FakeAl - that's very good news and I appreciate you following it up. If we extrapolate then, by the time Ivy Bridge's successor is here, it will be well and truly outpaced by CPU/GPU combo chips.

And you're right, the 8600 GT was an absolute stinker since the very beginning. Crappy card.
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Fri May 06, 2011 7:53 pm

pedro wrote:And you're right, the 8600 GT was an absolute stinker since the very beginning. Crappy card.
I have to disagree with that, i still have one, and with it i played crysis1 one at medium settings in a 15' crt monitor, and looked quite decent , i remember i did a 10% OC with the stardard cooler, and the card worked strong during all the game, i did bought a newer card, but i would place it at a nice cheap card that got the job done, not a complete "stinker"
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Mon May 09, 2011 11:24 pm

As someone who has a 7900GS in his filing cabinet collecting dust, I say leave it behind. It is very easy to collect a pile of suff on the idea that if your troubleshooting or building something for a friend that you can use the old stuff again. But odds are you won't need it, or your friends won't want it.
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Tue May 10, 2011 1:10 am

Dagwood wrote:As someone who has a 7900GS in his filing cabinet collecting dust, I say leave it behind. It is very easy to collect a pile of suff on the idea that if your troubleshooting or building something for a friend that you can use the old stuff again. But odds are you won't need it, or your friends won't want it.


Hey now, I have a 7600GT just for that purpose! And it performs admirably :).
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Tue May 10, 2011 10:25 am

Airmantharp wrote:
Dagwood wrote:As someone who has a 7900GS in his filing cabinet collecting dust, I say leave it behind. It is very easy to collect a pile of suff on the idea that if your troubleshooting or building something for a friend that you can use the old stuff again. But odds are you won't need it, or your friends won't want it.


Hey now, I have a 7600GT just for that purpose! And it performs admirably :).

I only just throw out a 7600GT that had been sitting in a box for about 3 years without a heatsink on (i had an aftermarket one that got reused or sold i think). I think ive now accepted i have absolutely no use for it... :lol:
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Tue May 10, 2011 10:31 am

Farting Bob wrote:
Airmantharp wrote:
Dagwood wrote:As someone who has a 7900GS in his filing cabinet collecting dust, I say leave it behind. It is very easy to collect a pile of suff on the idea that if your troubleshooting or building something for a friend that you can use the old stuff again. But odds are you won't need it, or your friends won't want it.


Hey now, I have a 7600GT just for that purpose! And it performs admirably :).

I only just throw out a 7600GT that had been sitting in a box for about 3 years without a heatsink on (i had an aftermarket one that got reused or sold i think). I think ive now accepted i have absolutely no use for it... :lol:


I used it as an initial POST test for my most recent build- it's a whole lot easier to put a smaller card in a motherboard that's not installed into a system than it is to put in a modern gaming GPU, when your only purpose is to make sure that it turns on!
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Re: GeForce 8600GT vs modern Intel HD Graphics

Postposted on Tue May 10, 2011 10:54 am

Intel cards always had crappy OpenGL and DirectX support, so even if they were fast enough, they couldn't launch games because of missing extensions/shader models.
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