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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 315M GeForce 8600M GS
Cyberpunk 2077 2700% 3914%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2484% 3604%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2775% 4022%
Genshin Impact 2725% 3950%
eFootball PES 2021 1325% 1943%
Marvel's Avengers 2575% 3735%
Watch Dogs Legion 2625% 3807%
FIFA 21 1325% 1943%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 3950% 5706%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2400% 3484%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 315M are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS.

The GeForce 315M was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 8600M GS, and so the GeForce 315M 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 315M and the GeForce 8600M GS have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GeForce 8600M GS has 9.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 315M, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is marginally better than the GeForce 315M.

Both the GeForce 315M 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 315M is 24 and by the GeForce 8600M GS is 10. Knowing that the shader performance of the GeForce 315M is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce 315M transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8600M GS. This means that the GeForce 315M is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8600M GS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce 315M should consume less power than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The GeForce 315M requires 14 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts. The GeForce 8600M GS requires 4 Watts more than the GeForce 315M 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 315M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed606 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT218-N11M-GE1G84M
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date05 Jan 2011vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
2.3
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1920x1080
1.6
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2560x1440 - green tick vs green tick -
3840x2160
0.1
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GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed790 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth12.6GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units16vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Technology40nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs-
Texture Rate4.8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate2.4 GPixel/svs-
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs-
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power14 Wattsvs18 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX10.1vs10
Shader Model4.1vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

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 315M is an Entry-Level Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Architecture
Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

GPU
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.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 512MB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 790MHz.

Features
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.

Performance
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.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
N/A
GPU Variants
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