Still, the M GS is a fantastic choice for older games, and a pretty reasonable one for modern and future games. It remains comparable to its desktop counterpart. Features that were exposed in XP are also absent here, at least in the driver my notebook came with — the same driver most users will stick with rather than going through the hassle of using a laptopvideo2go driver. I had to drop all the settings down to High and from there, the game ran fine. It is the go-to mass dedicated graphics part for both Dell and HP, the two biggest notebook retailers in North America. This was actually kind of a struggle.
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Gameplay is plenty smooth and viable in this game, a game that just a few short years 8400m was being used to punish hardware just like Crysis is today. The M GS is more or less the bottom of the barrel for mobile dedicated graphics, yet it offers very reasonable performance and runs modern games at better-than-minimum settings.
nVidia 8400M GS Graphics Review
But all other games should have few problems with the M GS. It is the go-to mass dedicated graphics part for both Dell and HP, the two biggest notebook retailers in North America. Something that promised us improved performance instead strangles even high end hardware, leaving it as a checkbox feature on lower class parts. UT3 is definitely playable here, but Unreal Engine 3 in general seems to really throttle memory bandwidth, as I was met with similarly poor performance in Rainbow Six: Far Cry is a pretty old game at this point, materializing around the same time Doom 3 did, and with the kind of shader power modern graphics leverage sixteen unified shaders is still pretty healthy it should be a non-issue.
Here, mercifully, that performance is again playable. Still, the M GS is a fantastic choice for older games, and a pretty reasonable one for modern and future games. I have, however, added Crysis. This was actually kind of a struggle.
Visit our network of sites: Crysis is unquestionably the most demanding game available, and bears inclusion as a representative of what games in the future probably at least dsll months into the future may require of hardware. Here, the M GS acquits itself admirably as nVidia hardware traditionally does in these games.
Unreal Engine 3 games make the bit memory bus on the M G and GS cry bloody murder, and Crysis barely runs playably. As a sidenote, a friend of mine played through the vast majority of Portal on this system at these settings and it was definitely smooth enough there. Lost Coast, which I think is an excellent indicator of how the card will handle Source engine games.
Generally regarded as still a fairly punishing the game, my experience with it has found it to be remarkably forgiving of even integrated graphics hardware. It comes to me in a custom-built HP dvt. As traditional, I used the built in stress test that comes with Half-Life 2: While the GeForce M GS is a pretty respectable performer, especially given its commonality, it does suffer from one major problem: It remains comparable to its desktop counterpart.
A little bit of tweaking can probably bring that 29 up over 30, but I found it plenty playable at these settings. Far Cry ran fine maxed out in indoor areas, but the instant I went outdoors the game crawled badly.
Hardware wise, the M GS boasts a minimal bit memory bus and 16 unified shaders, offering the bare minimum for basic gaming performance. All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.
The run definitely dipped and chopped a little in parts, but was for the nvidiia part very smooth.
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With the increased video memory should come a small but respectable boost in performance. So consider this a heads-up: Features that were exposed in XP are also absent here, at least in the driver my notebook came with — the same driver most users will stick with rather than going through the hassle of nvidiaa a laptopvideo2go driver.
The M GS has no problems with Source engine games. I had to drop all the settings down to High and from there, the game ran fine. Ga course, the big question is: