NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX SLI

NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX SLI

The Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTX SLI consists of two GeForce 9800M GTX cards in SLI mode. Each 9800M GTX is based on the G94 core with 112 shader processors. The cores themselves are produced in a 65nm fabrication process. The power consumption of the SLI combo is twice as large as a single card (2x75W). As a result, the 9800M GTX SLI is only suited for larger laptops with good cooling solutions.



The SLI version of the 9800M GTX is about 0-40% faster than a single 9800M GTX (depending on the SLI support of the game and the driver version). In some games, there may even be a slight decrease in performance. Futhermore, some games may suffer from noticeable micro stuttering in the 30 FPS range due to frame irregularities inherent to dual GPU systems. Consequently, users may need higher FPS for a fluent gameplay experience. Still, DirectX 10 games should run fluently in high detail settings and resolutions (see gaming section below).

Similar to all other cards with native DirectX 10 capabilities, the GeForce GTX 285M renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". In other words, there are no longer any more dedicated pixel shaders or vertex shaders. Instead, new stream processors (2x112 of them in the 9800M SLI) now process most of the heavy graphics loading that would have otherwise been done by dedicated pixel and vertex shaders. In fact, the shader units are clocked higher (1250 MHz) than the core chip itself.

The GeForce 9000 series also takes advantage of the integrated PureVideo HD video processor. It is thus able to assist the CPU in decoding H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 video material.

In conjunction with the Nvidia 9100M G integrated graphics, the 9800M GTX supports Hybrid-SLI (HybridPower). HybridPower is an Nvidia power-saving technology for Windows Vista used for switching between integrated and dedicated graphics cards. In the future, Nvidia wants this switch to occur automatically with drivers (now known as Optimus). GeForceBoost is not supported with the 9800M SLI as there would be no performance gain in combining the integrated GPU with the dedicated video card.  

Compared to desktop graphics cards, the 9800M GTX SLI should be a bit slower than the GeForce 8800 GT in SLI mode, partly due to the higher memory clock rate of the latter.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce 9000M Series
GeForce 9800M GTX SLI 224 @ 500MHz256 Bit @ 800MHz

GeForce 9650M GS

32 @ 625MHz128 Bit @ 800MHz
CodenameNB9E-GTX
ArchitectureG9x
Pipelines224 - unified
Core Speed *500 MHz
Shader Speed *1250 MHz
Memory Speed *800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Power Consumption150 Watt
Transistors3016 Million
technology65 nm
FeaturesPureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX-ready, SLI
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement15.07.2008
Information2xMXM 3
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_980...
* 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: 8492      avg: 8492 (18%)     median: 8492 (18%)     max: 8492 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 7946      avg: 8193 (21%)     median: 8193 (21%)     max: 8440 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 11288      avg: 12719 (42%)     median: 12719 (42%)     max: 14150 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 16101      avg: 16101 (44%)     median: 16101 (44%)     max: 16101 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 30639      avg: 30639 (20%)     median: 30639 (20%)     max: 30639 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 35775      avg: 35775 (58%)     median: 35775 (58%)     max: 35775 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4199      avg: 4199 (35%)     median: 4199 (35%)     max: 4199 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.

Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
high 1024x768
57  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis Warhead
low 800x600
79  fps      Compare
ultra 1024x768
23  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Supreme Commander - FA Bench
high 1024x768
47  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Call of Juarez Benchmark
high 1024x768
28  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark
high 1024x768
196  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 GTX SLI graphics card

Rock Xtreme SL8-9550: Intel Core 2 Quad (Desktop) Q9550, 17.0", 5.3 kg
  External Review » Rock Xtreme SL8-9550

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
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
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
Class 5
PowerVR GX6650
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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