8600M GT performance vs. Intel HD 3000

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  1. 1nteresting macrumors member

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    I am debating whether to upgrade my laptop or not. I feel as though my laptop is really sluggish, especially compared to the new laptops that Apple put out not too long ago. However, I could only afford the 13", which doesn't have a graphics card, persay. (only integrated)

    So, would the Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics compete with the performance of the Geforce 8600M GT with 512MB?
     
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  4. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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    No - 8600M would still be a lot faster than the HD 3000 in Games.
     
  5. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    The 8600m GT is more powerful than both the 320m and the HD3000 but don't forget that you are gaming at a lower and less demanding resolution on the 13" so that may offset some of the performance deficit.
     
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    I'm not so much a gamer in terms of fast paced high frame rate type games. I occasionally play some lighter games such as angry birds, minecraft, cityville (xD Yeah, it's addicting), and maybe even Civilization IV (which would be the most demanding). Would the HD 3000 handle it well?

    Mostly what I do is heavy photoshop work, 18MP pictures with lens blur effects take awhile to render, but isn't that mostly done in the processor so getting the 13" would actually be faster than my current computer?

    Some web designing, Pages, and virtual machines... and that's pretty much it. All my video editing is done on the desktop I have.

    @grahamnp You do make a very interesting point, although if I plug it into an external monitor which I often do, it wouldn't make a difference.
     
  7. leman macrumors 604

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    The 3000HD would work great for you in that case.
     
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    Then the HD3000 is enough.
     
  9. apdg macrumors newbie

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    I'm curious where this assessment comes from. I've been looking into this a lot recently and while the 320M is clearly superior to the HD 3000, the 8600M (I have the same card as the OP) is nearly identical in performance to the Intel chip.

    The 8600M is definitely not more powerful than the 320M. I think that people tend to get in the habit of assuming that a discreet card will always be better than an integrated one. The 8600M is nearly four years old. The much more recent, but integrated, 320M has surpassed it.

    In the complete list that the attached screenshot comes from, the 320M, 8600M GT and HD 3000 are ranked 131, 154 and 156 respectively, out of 317 laptop GPUs. Note that the HD 3000 handily beats the 8600M in every benchmark except the severely outdated 3DMark01. I suspect that, in reality, the HD 3000 will consistently outperform the 8600M by a small margin.

    grahamnp is correct in that the lower resolution of the 13" will aid graphics performance as well.

    In any case, the conclusion that you'll be fine with the HD 3000 is correct but incomplete. It will be an upgrade from what you've got. :)
     

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  10. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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    This thread will explain a bit more:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=897409

    8600M GT used in MBP used GDDR3 memory. Definitely quite a lot faster than the 320M.

    eg. screenshot you provided says the 8600M gets 32xx in 3dMark 06. It has been tested on the Macbook pro with 8600M GT and it gets closer to 5000.
     
  11. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a

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    If you read the results the previous poster, posted, then you can see that the Geforce 8600M beats the 320M in some areas but not all. Although looking at the results in that table don't show any reason why the 8600M is being beaten by the GT 320M or the HD 3000, apart from being Direct X 10.1 instead of 10. One could guess that even though the HD 3000 and the GT 320M have to use the system memory that there could easily be some higher clock speeds etc on the newer cards. I'm not 100% on what i just said but based on those results I feel without researching it I am taking a reasonable guess.
     
  12. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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    You shouldn't read much into that table from the previous poster. It compiles a list of results for the 8600M and averages them. The 2007-2008 Macbook pro uses the latest GDDR3 version of the chip which is a lot faster than the DDR2 version.
     
  13. apdg macrumors newbie

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    I hadn't noticed that. Thank you for correcting me. The 3DMark06 score on that table is clearly wrong for the MBP.

    The thread you linked, and the thread linked within it, has people reporting around 4200-4400 which is indeed quite a lot better than the 3200 in the table I linked, but the only people getting as high as 5000 appear to be those who have overclocked their GPUs. And thats for the 512mb 8600M, the OP may have the 128 or 256. The scores for the 320M and the HD 3000 are right in that neighbourhood. I suspect the only reason the HD 3000 is higher than the 320M is the boost it gets from the Sandy Bridge processor.

    Are there other reasons I'm overlooking where the benchmarks I posted are misleading? These specific MBP benchmarks reveal the impact the RAM speed has. Other than the fact that we can't use my benchmark table for things like ULV versions of the HD 3000 due to their lower clock speed, is there something else they're obscuring?
     
  14. apdg macrumors newbie

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    Some MBP's in that thread do seem to push up toward the high 4000s. As far as I can tell though it might still be a bit of a stretch to call the 8600M "quite a lot" faster. The benchmarks coming from MacBooks with 320Ms in that list are showing around 4300 and up to 4700. Perhaps a 10% difference?

    The only report from a MacBook I see on there with a HD 3000 does indeed show a rather embarrassing 2550.

    Something tells me there are more pressing matters for me to attend to than this right now but I can't think of them :p
     
  15. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

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    The 4200-4400 number were for 3dMark runs at a higher resolution.

    "No, the 8600M GT did 5561 at 1280x800 in 3DMark06. The 320M did 4700 at 1280x800. The gap is definitely closing, which is not surprising because it has been 3 years already. However at the moment the 320M is still unable to pass the mid-range card from 3 years old."

    There is a overclocked result of the 8600M GT that is over 6000.

     
  16. apdg macrumors newbie

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    We are looking at the same thread right? :)

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=451456

    First responder posted a screenshot showing 4414 at 1280x800.

    Second responder:

    "I have the 2,5 Ghz with 2GB RAM and 7200 RPM HD.

    3dmark06
    4100 3DMarks
    SM2.0 Score: 1623
    HDR/SM3.0 Score 1517
    CPU Score 2193

    I ran it without messing with any options so the resolution was set to 1280x1024, and not the native 1440x900"

    Third:

    "I ran 3DMark06 Basic Edition on my 2.5 GHz with 512 VRAM and 2 GB of RAM running on Vista Ultimate. Everything set to default of course like 1280 x 854 and no AA. Got 4200"


    Those are from the first page of people reporting that they used the default 1280x800 resolution. I'm not sure why we'd call these invalid. The scores get higher later in the thread but the 5500 score is definitely an outlier among those reporting regular clocking.
     

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  17. thunng8, Apr 13, 2011
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    The screenshot clearly says 1280x1024, getting 4414

    Another quick datapoint here:
    http://www.barefeats.com/mbpp25.html

    Where the 8600M GT clearly outperforms the 320M in some real world gaming benchmarks.
     
  18. apdg macrumors newbie

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    Mmmmhmm... And the other two are at a lower resolution with similar/lower scores. I thought you were saying that at 1280x800 they're up to 5000. If anything the screenshot is showing the best result of the three I quoted, a higher score AND a higher resolution.

    I'm not sure what you're suggesting by pointing out that the screenshot is showing 1280x1024, except that it's not 1280x800. Is it that if that first guy had run it at 1280x800 he or she would have gained 600 points?
     
  19. apdg macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, I'll stop feeding this fire. The OP's question has certainly been answered.
     

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