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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 8600M GS Mobility Radeon 9600 Series
Red Dead Redemption 2 3735% 5878%
Cyberpunk 2077 5169% 8112%
Doom Eternal 3197% 5040%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3735% 5878%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2266% 3587%
Halo: Reach 1119% 1799%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5169% 8112%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 5169% 8112%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5760% 9034%
Need For Speed Heat 3735% 5878%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS are significantly better than the AMD Mobility Radeon 9600 Series.

The GeForce 8600M GS was released over three years more recently than the Radeon 9600, and so the GeForce 8600M GS is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Radeon 9600 when running the latest games.

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 384 MB more video memory than the Radeon 9600, so is likely to be slightly better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce 8600M GS also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce 8600M GS has 18.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon 9600, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is slightly better than the Radeon 9600.

The GeForce 8600M GS has 16 Shader Processing Units and the Mobility Radeon 9600 Series has 2. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is 10 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon 9600 is 0. The GeForce 8600M GS having 10 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce 8600M GS delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon 9600.

The GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Mobility Radeon 9600 Series.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed600 MHzvs300 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2007vs01 Mar 2003
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs128 MB
Memory Speed700 MHzvs250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsDDR
Memory Bandwidth22.4GB/secvs4GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs2
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 Watts-
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GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

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Recommended RAM--
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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.
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