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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600M GS GeForce Go 6800 ultra
Halo: Reach 1119% 1136%
Cyberpunk 2077 5169% 5245%
Red Dead Redemption 2 3735% 3791%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2266% 2300%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3735% 3791%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5169% 5245%
Doom Eternal 3197% 3245%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5760% 5845%
FIFA 20 1943% 1973%
Need For Speed Heat 3735% 3791%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce Go 6800 ultra.

The GeForce 8600M GS was released over a year more recently than the Go 6800, and so the GeForce 8600M GS is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Go 6800.

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 256 MB more video memory than the Go 6800, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The Go 6800 has 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 8600M GS, which means that the memory performance of the Go 6800 is slightly better than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The GeForce 8600M GS has 16 Shader Processing Units but the Go 6800 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts to run and the GeForce Go 6800 ultra requires 89 Watts. The Go 6800 requires 71 Watts more than the GeForce 8600M GS to run. The difference is significant enough that the Go 6800 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce 8600M GS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed600 MHzvs450 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2007vs01 Feb 2005
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs550 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs35.2GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs-
Actual Shader Performance0%vs-
Texture Mapping Units-vs-
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs-
Pixel Rate-vs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2048x1536
VGA Connections-vs-
DVI Connections1vs-
HDMI Connections-vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power18 Wattsvs89 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs3.0
Open GL2.1vs2.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM--
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution--

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 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.
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra is the most powerful GPU of the whole Go 6000 Series.
It has up to 256MB of dedicated memory and it uses DDR3 memory type.
The performance would have been great if it didn't heat way too much when handling demanding games. The power consumption (89 watts) is also colossal, compared to the performance it delivers.
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