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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i5 2520M GeForce 8600M GS
Red Dead Redemption 2 2562% 3735%
Cyberpunk 2077 3557% 5169%
Doom Eternal 2189% 3197%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 1542% 2266%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2562% 3735%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3557% 5169%
FIFA 20 1318% 1943%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3967% 5760%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 3557% 5169%
Need For Speed Heat 2562% 3735%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Intel HD i5 2520M are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS.

The HD i5 2520M was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 8600M GS, and so the HD i5 2520M 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 HD i5 2520M does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i5 2520M has 12 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600M GS has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i5 2520M is 24 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is 10. The HD i5 2520M having 14 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD i5 2520M delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The HD i5 2520M requires 35 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts. The HD i5 2520M requires 17 Watts more than the GeForce 8600M GS to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD i5 2520M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce 8600M GS.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureSandy BridgeG84M
OC Potential None vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date30 Mar 2011vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed667 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth21.3GB/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 Units12vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Texture Mapping Units-vs-
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs-
Pixel Rate-vs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs2560x1600
VGA Connections-vs-
DVI Connections-vs1
HDMI Connections-vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power35 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 RAM--
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution--

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewHD i5 2520M is specific version of Intel HD 3000 graphics that is built into the 'Intel Core i5 2520M' processor. You can only play most of the latest games like Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Saints Row The Third, Battlefield 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the lowest settings, but you might experience a small lag. Less demanding games will run from medium to high settings.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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