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The NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT SLI are two single DirectX10 capable 8600M GT graphic cards in SLI combination. Depending on the particular games, the combination is about 0-60% faster than one single graphic card. DirectX9 games can be played with higher resolutions and high details fluently (if SLI is supported). DirectX 10 games are very demanding (e.g. Crysis and World n Conflict) and can't be played in highest DirectX 10 detail levels fluently, at moment. Perhaps, that will improve by later driver optimizing.

The 8600M is one of the best laptop-GPUs worldwide, which support DirectX 19 and H.264-decoding and accelerate HD-films.

A particularity of the graphic card are the "Unified Shaders" of ALUs (Arithmetic Logical Unit). There don't exist any more dedicated pixel- and vertex shaders but 32 so called Stream processors maintain the upcomming graphic work (which was done by the pixel and vertex Shaders, up to now). The advantage is that there is no idle time of the ALUs. The Stream processors of NVIDIA are 1-dimensional (1D) and can make one skalar operation per cloc with a MADD operation (addition and multiplication) and a MUL-operation (multiplication). Moreover, NVIDIA clocks the Shader-ALUs higher than the remaining chip.

The memory clock of each GeForce 8600M GT of the SLI combination depends on the implemented memory type: 400 MHz with GDDR2 and 700 MHz with GDDR3.

Compared with dektop graphic cards, the 8600M GT in SLI combination of the GDDR3 laptop version is scarcely below two 8600 GT SLI (each desktop card has a higher chip clock).

GeForce 8600M Series

GeForce 8600M GT SLI 64 @ 0.48 GHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
GeForce 8600M GT compare 32 @ 0.48 GHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
GeForce 8600M GS compare 16 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Pipelines64 - unified
Core Speed475 MHz
Shader Speed950 MHz
Memory Speed700 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3, GDDR2
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
APIDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Power Consumption20 Watt
Transistor Count598 Million
technology80 nm
FeaturesTwo single graphic cards in SLI combination, Shader clock frequence 950 MHz, PureVideo technology (H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, WMV9 decoder acceleration), HDCP-capable, PowerMizer 7.0 energy management (dynamic switching between performance and energy saving), HDR (high dynamic-range lighting), designed for Windows Vista, 16x full image AA, 16x AF independent on angles, 128-bit HDR illumination with AA, Dual-Link DVI exits for TFT resolutions up to 2560x1600, PCI-E 16x, OpenGL 2.1, Gigathread technology

Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement23.10.2007
Informationmemory clock: DDR2 - 400 MHz
DDR3 - 700 MHz
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3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280X854 +
3DMark 06
7050 Points (9%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

low 1024x768
52.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
21.5  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
12.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Additional Benchmarks
Low 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
Low 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
High 1280x800
High 1440x900
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

low 1024x768
54.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
26.3  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
11.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Additional Benchmarks
Low 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
Low 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
High 1440x900
High 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

med. 1024x768
37  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
16  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Additional Benchmarks
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
High 2xAF 2xAA 800x600
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
High 2xAF 2xAA 1280x800
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
High 2xAF 2xAA 1440x900
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1680x1050
High 2xAF 2xAA 1680x1050


low 640x480
208  fps    + Compare
med. 800x600
30  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
29  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Doom 3

Doom 3

low 640x480
159.8  fps    + Compare
med. 640x480
160.5  fps    + Compare
high 800x600
154.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1024x768
138.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark52.621.512.8
Crysis - CPU Benchmark54.426.311.3
World in Conflict - Benchmark3716
Doom 3159.8160.5154.9138.4
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Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT SLI graphics card


Review Toshiba Satellite X200-21P Gaming-Notebook

Satego copy. Beside the Satego X200 gaming series, Toshiba also offers the Satellite X200 series, which does not differ to much from the former at the first gla...
Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 | NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT SLI | 17.00" | 4.1 kg

Toshiba Satellite X200-21X: Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, 17.10", 4.1 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite X200-21X

Toshiba Satellite X200-21P: Intel Core 2 Duo T7700, 17.00", 4.1 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite X200-21P

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