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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6290 GeForce 8600M GS
Red Dead Redemption 2 4764% 3735%
Halo: Reach 1445% 1119%
Cyberpunk 2077 6582% 5169%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4764% 3735%
Doom Eternal 4082% 3197%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 6582% 5169%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 87% 48%
Grand Theft Auto VI 7332% 5760%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 6582% 5169%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2900% 2266%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon HD 6290.

The Radeon HD 6290 was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 8600M GS, and so the Radeon HD 6290 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 Radeon HD 6290 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The Radeon HD 6290 has 80 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600M GS has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 6290 is 21 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is 10. The Radeon HD 6290 having 11 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 6290 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The Radeon HD 6290 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8600M GS. This means that the Radeon HD 6290 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 6290 should consume less power than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The Radeon HD 6290 requires 9 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts. The GeForce 8600M GS requires 9 Watts more than the Radeon HD 6290 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 Radeon HD 6290.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed400 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureLovelandG84M
OC Potential Poor vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date07 Jan 2011vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs22.4GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units80vs16
Actual Shader Performance1%vs0%
Technology40nmvs80nm
Texture Mapping Units8vs-
Texture Rate3.2 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate1.6 GPixel/svs-
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power9 Wattsvs18 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX11vs10
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.2vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron P4505-
Recommended RAM2 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution800x600-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 6290 is an integrated GPU in one of the Zacate Processors, based on the 40nm Terrascale 2 architecture.
It's based on the Cedar Core (therefore related to Radeon HD 6350) and offers 80 Shader Processing Units, 8 TMUs and 4 ROPs. Both the operating memory clock's speed and bus width will depend on the system's RAM configuration and speed. Its central clock runs at up to 400MHz.
Its performance is very limited and so today's modern games can only be played using very low resolutions such as 800x680 - 1024x768 or are unplayable at all.
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
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GPU Variants
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