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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6520G GeForce 8600M GS
Red Dead Redemption 2 2436% 3735%
Halo: Reach 706% 1119%
Cyberpunk 2077 3383% 5169%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2436% 3735%
Doom Eternal 2080% 3197%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3383% 5169%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 2% 48%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3774% 5760%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 3383% 5169%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 1464% 2266%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 6520G are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS.

The Radeon HD 6520G was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 8600M GS, and so the Radeon HD 6520G 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.

The GeForce 8600M GS has 512 MB video memory, but the Radeon HD 6520G does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The Radeon HD 6520G has 320 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600M GS has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 6520G is 83 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is 10. The Radeon HD 6520G having 73 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce 8600M GS performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 6520G transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8600M GS. This means that the Radeon HD 6520G is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8600M GS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 6520G should consume less power than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The Radeon HD 6520G requires 35 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts. The Radeon HD 6520G requires 17 Watts more than the GeForce 8600M GS to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon HD 6520G to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce 8600M GS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed400 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date14 Jun 2011vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed-vs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth-vs22.4GB/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 Units320vs16
Actual Shader Performance4%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate6.4 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate3.2 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs-
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power35 Wattsvs18 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.0vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

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Recommended RAM--
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution--

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 6520G is an integrated mobile graphics card in some of AMD's mid-range APUs.
Its performance depends largely on the processor it's embedded on and on the system's memory configuration which, if dual-channeled, should provide modest gaming at 720p in some modern games.
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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