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Gaming Performance Comparison

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

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS are marginally better than the Intel HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge).

The Graphics Mobile was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 8600M GS, and so the Graphics Mobile is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 8600M GS 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 512 MB video memory, but the Graphics Mobile does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) has 6 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600M GS has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the Graphics Mobile is 26 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is 10. The Graphics Mobile having 16 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce 8600M GS performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Graphics Mobile transistor size technology is 48 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8600M GS. This means that the Graphics Mobile is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8600M GS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Graphics Mobile should consume less power than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) requires 5 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts. The GeForce 8600M GS requires 13 Watts more than the Graphics Mobile 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 Graphics Mobile.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed350 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock1100 MHzvs-
ArchitectureSandy Bridge GT1G84M
OC Potential None vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date05 Sep 2014vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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3840x2160 - green tick vs green tick -

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed667 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth21.3GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units1vs-
Texture Rate0.4 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units1vs-
Pixel Rate0.4 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs-
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs-
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power5 Wattsvs18 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) are Integrated Graphics in some of Intel's Budget Sandy Bridge Processors.

The Broadwell Core includes support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.1. Additionally, it also offers better Decoding Performance, when compared to its Predecessor.
The GPU Codenamed GT1 offers 6 Shader Processing Units, 1 TMU and 1 ROP.

The Central Unit Initially Runs at 350MHz and goes up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The Operating Memory Clock depends at which speed the System's RAM is running and which Memory Type is installed and is ultimately limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 667MHz.
Depending on whether or not the System's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit Memory Interface.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies according to the System. The GPU may reserve up to 1.7GB.

Because Performance depends heavily on the Memory Bandwidth, it may vary heavily from System to System.
Performance is very limited and most modern games can't be played.

System Suggestions
Intel HD Graphics Mobile (Sandy Bridge) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1024x768. We recommend 4GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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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