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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 310M v2 GeForce 8600M GS
Red Dead Redemption 2 2575% 3735%
Halo: Reach 750% 1119%
Cyberpunk 2077 3575% 5169%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2575% 3735%
Doom Eternal 2200% 3197%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3575% 5169%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3988% 5760%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 1550% 2266%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 3575% 5169%
Need For Speed Heat 2575% 3735%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 310M v2 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS.

The GeForce 310M v2 was released over a year more recently than the GeForce 8600M GS, and so the GeForce 310M v2 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.

The GeForce 310M v2 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. However, overall, the GeForce 8600M GS has superior memory performance.

The GeForce 8600M GS has 11.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 310M v2, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is slightly better than the GeForce 310M v2.

Both the GeForce 310M v2 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 310M v2 is 24 and by the GeForce 8600M GS is 10. Knowing that the shader performance of the GeForce 310M v2 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce 310M v2 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8600M GS. This means that the GeForce 310M v2 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8600M GS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce 310M v2 should consume less power than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The GeForce 310M v2 requires 14 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts. The GeForce 8600M GS requires 4 Watts more than the GeForce 310M v2 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 310M v2.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed606 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT218-N11M-GE1G84M
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date10 Jan 2010vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed667 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth10.7GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units8vs-
Texture Rate4.8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate2.4 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs-
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power14 Wattsvs18 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.1vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-M330 2.13GHz-
Recommended RAM2 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce 310M v2 is an Entry-Level Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GT218-N11M-GE1 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 16 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 606MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 667MHz.

DirectX 10.1 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 14W, it may be used on very small notebooks.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance slightly above the desktop GeForce 210.
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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