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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Geforce 405M GeForce 8600M GS
Red Dead Redemption 2 5223% 3735%
Halo: Reach 1592% 1119%
Cyberpunk 2077 7213% 5169%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5223% 3735%
Doom Eternal 4477% 3197%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7213% 5169%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 105% 48%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8034% 5760%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 7213% 5169%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 3184% 2266%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS are significantly better than the Nvidia Geforce 405M.

The Geforce 405M was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 8600M GS, and so the Geforce 405M 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 405M 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 9.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Geforce 405M, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 8600M GS is marginally better than the Geforce 405M.

Both the Geforce 405M 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 405M is 22 and by the GeForce 8600M GS is 10. Knowing that the shader performance of the Geforce 405M is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The Geforce 405M transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 8600M GS. This means that the Geforce 405M is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 8600M GS. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Geforce 405M should consume less power than the GeForce 8600M GS.

The Geforce 405M requires 14 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600M GS requires 18 Watts. The GeForce 8600M GS requires 4 Watts more than the Geforce 405M 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 405M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed606 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT218G84M
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date10 May 2012vs01 Jun 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth12.8GB/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 Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron B815-
Recommended RAM3 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 405M is the latest addition to the 400M Series released by NVIDIA in 2010-2012.
It's a renamed GeForce 315M, based on the GT218 architecture.
It only supports up to 512MB DDR3/GDDR3 memory type and DirectX 10.1. GeForce 405M is one of the weakest integrated GPUs with dedicated memory currently in the market, it has only 16 Pipelines and so, along with other factors, the performance is very limited.
Therefore, the most demanding games are probably unplayable even at the lowest settings while demanding games should run fluently at low settings. Less demanding games will run fluently from medium to high settings, depending on the amount of video memory required, since GeForce 405M only has up to 512MB.
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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