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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce G 205M GeForce 8600M GS
Red Dead Redemption 2 5304% 3735%
Halo: Reach 1617% 1119%
Cyberpunk 2077 7324% 5169%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5304% 3735%
Doom Eternal 4546% 3197%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7324% 5169%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 108% 48%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8158% 5760%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 7324% 5169%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 3233% 2266%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce G 205M.

The GeForce G 205M was released over a year more recently than the GeForce 8600M GS, and so the GeForce G 205M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce 8600M GS.

Both GPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful GPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

The GeForce 8600M GS has 512 MB video memory, but the GeForce G 205M does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

Both the GeForce G 205M and the GeForce 8600M GS have 16 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GeForce G 205M is 18 and by the GeForce 8600M GS is 10. Knowing that the shader performance of the GeForce G 205M is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce 8600M GS transistor size technology is 10 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce G 205M. This means that the GeForce 8600M GS is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce G 205M. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce 8600M GS should consume less power than the GeForce G 205M.

The GeForce G 205M requires 12 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts. The GeForce 8600M GS requires 6 Watts more than the GeForce G 205M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 8600M GS to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce G 205M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed450 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla MCP79MXG84M
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Jan 2010vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed400 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth6.4GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Technology90nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs-
Texture Rate3.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate1.8 GPixel/svs-
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs-
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power12 Wattsvs18 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs10
Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatednovsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

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Recommended RAM--
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution--

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce G 205M is an integrated GPU with no dedicated memory.
It's based on the G96 Core and therefore offers 16 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs on either DDR2 or DDR3, depending on the laptop's system RAM. Commonly, it was seen paired with DDR2 on a 64-bit bus width (due to laptop's system RAM not being dual channelled).
It's at heart a renamed GeForce 9400M GS. This GPU was discontinued due to its very limited performance - which was horrible, even compared to G 210M.
GeForce 8600M GS is a middle class level GPU part of the 8000M Series released by NVIDIA, in 2007.
Very demanding games (e.g. Metro 2033, The Witcher 2) are most certainly unplayable and demanding games (e.g. Crysis 2, Skyrim V) might only be playable on the lowest settings. Moderate and less demanding games, like Call of Duty: Black Ops, should be playable smoothly at Medium settings.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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