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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9650M GT GeForce 8600M GS
Red Dead Redemption 2 3254% 3735%
Cyberpunk 2077 4508% 5169%
Doom Eternal 2784% 3197%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3254% 3735%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 1969% 2266%
Halo: Reach 966% 1119%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4508% 5169%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 4508% 5169%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5025% 5760%
Need For Speed Heat 3254% 3735%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 9650M GT are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS.

The GeForce 9650M GT was released over a year more recently than the GeForce 8600M GS, and so the GeForce 9650M GT 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 9650M GT has 512 MB more video memory than the GeForce 8600M GS, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce 9650M GT also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce 9650M GT has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 8600M GS, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 9650M GT is marginally better than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The GeForce 9650M GT has 32 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600M GS has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9650M GT is 18 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is 10. The GeForce 9650M GT having 8 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce 9650M GT delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The GeForce 9650M GT requires 23 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts. The GeForce 9650M GT requires 5 Watts more than the GeForce 8600M GS to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce 9650M GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce 8600M GS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed550 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date19 Aug 2008vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units32vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units-vs-
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs-
Pixel Rate-vs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections-vs-
DVI Connections-vs1
HDMI Connections-vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power23 Wattsvs18 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL2.1vs2.1
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 ReviewEnabling the new era of visual computing, the NVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT GPUs deliver the ultimate balance between mobility and performance for astounding PureVideoŽ HD technology playback capabilities combined with 3D features to enable visually-intense applications and games. With Hybrid SLI technology features like HybridPower technology and GeForce Boost, you have optimal power management capabilities together with enhanced performance for one of the most ideal systems available today. This product is also enabled for CUDA applications and is NVIDIA PhysX-ready.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.
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