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NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS

The Nvidia GeForce 9800M GS is a graphics adapter for laptops and based on the G94 core with 64 shader processors. The chip is produced in 55nm (as the 1024 MB versions of the 9800M GTS and the GTS 160M). Because of the max. 512 MB GDDR3 the TDP is lower (60 Watt) than the 9800M GTS (512 and 1024 MB version: 75W).

Because of the additional shaders but lower clock speed than the GTS, the 9800M GS is between the 9700M GTS and 9800M GTS. Therefore, DirectX 10 games of 2008 should all be playable in medium to high details.

As all cards with DirectX 10 capabilities, the GeForce 9800M GS renders the 3D images using "Unified Shaders". There don't exist any more dedicated pixel- and vertex shaders but 64 so called stream processors make the graphic work (which has been done by pixel and vertex shaders in former days). Furthermore, the shader units are higher clocked than the chip.

An advantage of the GeForce 9000 series is the integrated PureVideo HD video processor. It is able to help with the decoding of H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 video material in HD quality and eases the CPU.

In conjunction with the Nvidia 9100M G integrated graphics, the 9800M GS supports Hybrid-SLI (only HybridPower). HybridPower is a technique to choose between the integrated and dedicated graphics core, if performance or battery runtime is needed. This works only in Windows Vista. Up to now the user has to use a tool to switch between the GPUs. Later Nvidia wants to switch automatically in the drivers. GeForceBoost is not supported with this card, as there would be no performance gain to combine the integrated GPU with the 9800M GS.

Compared to desktop graphics cards, the 9800M GS should be a bit slower than the GeForce 9600M GT.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce 9800M Series

GeForce 9800M GT SLI

192 @ 500MHz256 Bit @ 800MHz

GeForce 9800M GTS SLI

128 @ 600MHz256 Bit @ 800MHz

GeForce 9800M GTX

112 @ 500MHz256 Bit @ 800MHz

GeForce 9800M GT

96 @ 500MHz256 Bit @ 800MHz

GeForce 9800M GTS

64 @ 600MHz256 Bit @ 800MHz
GeForce 9800M GS 64 @ 530MHz256 Bit @ 800MHz
CodenameNB9E-GS1
ArchitectureG9x
Pipelines64 - unified
Core Speed *530 MHz
Shader Speed *1325 MHz
Memory Speed *800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Power Consumption60 Watt
Transistors504 Million
technology55 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.11.2008
InformationMXM 3
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 2955      avg: 2955 (7%)     median: 2955 (7%)     max: 2955 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 8000      avg: 8507 (29%)     median: 8493 (29%)     max: 8970 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 13245      avg: 13586.5 (37%)     median: 13586.5 (37%)     max: 13928 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 25967      avg: 26270.5 (17%)     median: 26270.5 (17%)     max: 26574 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 27477      avg: 28740.5 (47%)     median: 28740.5 (47%)     max: 30004 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 3684      avg: 3691.7 (32%)     median: 3684 (32%)     max: 3707 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

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 detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto
GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto (2008)
low:
41.4 50 ~ 46 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Left 4 Dead (2008): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings high. - more...
Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2 (2008)
high:
49  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis Warhead (2008): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings low. - more...
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare (2007)
low:
187.5 215.2 ~ 201 fps      Compare
med.:
83.9 84.9 ~ 84 fps      Compare
high:
46 47.7 ~ 47 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Supreme Commander - FA Bench
Supreme Commander - FA Bench (2007)
high:
36.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007)
low:
48.7 88.2 103.5 ~ 80 fps      Compare
med.:
32.4 47.5 50 50.1 ~ 45 fps      Compare
high:
22.6 30 30.1 ~ 28 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
Crysis - CPU Benchmark (2007)
low:
50.8 101.8 107.7 ~ 87 fps      Compare
med.:
29.8 44.2 50 50.3 ~ 44 fps      Compare
high:
20.8 28.7 28.8 ~ 26 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
World in Conflict - Benchmark
World in Conflict - Benchmark (2007)
med.:
56 57 66 ~ 60 fps      Compare
high:
32 34 37 ~ 34 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Command and Conquer III (2007): Not playable with a weaker graphics card. - more...
The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion (2006)
high:
60  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark (2005): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings high. - more...
F.E.A.R.
F.E.A.R. (2005)
low:
102  fps      Compare
med.:
55  fps      Compare
high:
48  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
World of Warcraft (2005): Playable with a weaker graphics card in detail settings high. - more...
Doom 3
Doom 3 (2004)
low:
120 138.2 ~ 129 fps      Compare
med.:
117.7 140.9 ~ 129 fps      Compare
high:
120.8 135.8 ~ 128 fps      Compare
ultra:
117.8 134 ~ 126 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo (1999)
high:
1122  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics card

MSI Megabook GT627: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 15.4", 2.8 kg
  Review » Review: MSI Megabook GT627 Gaming Notebook

Asus G71G: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400, 17.1", 4 kg
  External Review » Asus G71G

MSI Megabook GT627: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 15.4", 2.8 kg
  External Review » MSI Megabook GT627

MSI Megabook GT627Q: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000, 15.4", 2.7 kg
  External Review » MSI Megabook GT627Q

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
Radeon R9 290X
Radeon R9 280X
Radeon HD 7970
Radeon R9 270X
GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Radeon HD 7870
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 480
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Adreno 330 *
PowerVR G6430 *
Mali-T628 *
Chrome9HD *
PowerVR SGX554MP4 *
Mali-T604 *
Class 6
PowerVR SGX543MP4 *
Adreno 320 *
PowerVR SGX543MP3 *
PowerVR SGX543MP2 *
PowerVR SGX544 *
Adreno 305 *
Adreno 225 *
Vivante GC4000 *
Mali-400 MP4 *
VideoCore-IV *
Adreno 220 *
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core
Mali-400 MP2 *
PowerVR SGX540 *
Adreno 205 *
Adreno 203 *
GC800 *
PowerVR SGX535
PowerVR SGX531
PowerVR SGX530
Adreno 200 *
Mali-200 *
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-01-16)