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NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX

NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX

The Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTX is a graphics adapter for laptops based on the G92 core. In general, the GPU is similar to that of the 8800M GTX but with 112 unified shader cores instead of 96. The chip is manufactured in a 65nm process and because of the high shader count, the power consumption (75 Watt of the MXM board) can be quite high. As a result, the 9800M GTX is only found in larger laptops with relatively powerful cooling solutions.

The performance of the chip is noticeably better than both the 9800M GT and GTS because of the additional shader units (see benchmarks below). Therefore, DirectX 10 games of 2008 should all be playable in high details.

As with all cards with DirectX 10 capabilities, the GeForce 9800M GTX renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". Dedicated pixel- and vertex shaders have been dropped in favor of stream processors, which have now taken up much of the rendering burden. Furthermore, the shader units are higher clocked than the core chip itself at 1250 MHz.

A feature found in the GeForce 9000 series is the integrated PureVideo HD video processor. The GPU is able to assist the CPU in the decoding of H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 video material.

In conjunction with the Nvidia 9100M G integrated graphics, the 9800M GTX supports Hybrid-SLI known as HybridPower. HybridPower is a technique available only in Windows Vista that allows users to choose between the integrated or dedicated graphics core for power-saving purposes. Eventually, graphics switching was seamlessly accomplished through drivers by Nvidia, a technology now known as Optimus. GeForceBoost is not supported with the 9800M GTX as there would be no performance gain when paired the integrated GPU.

Compared to desktop graphics cards, the 9800M GTX should be a bit slower than the GeForce 8800 GT, which has a higher memory clock rate.

The 9800M GTX was eventually succeeded by the GTX 260M. The latter is based off of the G92b core architecture and is produced in a 55nm fabrication process, leading to lower energy demands and heat dissipation.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce 9800M Series

GeForce 9800M GT SLI

192 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz

GeForce 9800M GTS SLI

128 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTX 112 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz

GeForce 9800M GT

96 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz

GeForce 9800M GTS

64 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz

GeForce 9800M GS

64 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
CodenameNB9E-GTX
ArchitectureG9x
Pipelines112 - 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 Consumption75 Watt
Transistors754 Million
technology65 nm
FeaturesHybridPower, PureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX ready
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement15.07.2008
InformationMXM 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: 4110      avg: 4123 (9%)     median: 4123 (9%)     max: 4136 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4545      avg: 4743.3 (12%)     median: 4825 (12%)     max: 4860 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 9952      avg: 10291.8 (34%)     median: 10138 (34%)     max: 10833 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 13912      avg: 16637.5 (45%)     median: 16720.5 (45%)     max: 19197 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 30864      avg: 31958.7 (21%)     median: 31601 (21%)     max: 33411 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 32624      avg: 37419.3 (61%)     median: 35460 (58%)     max: 44174 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 4374      avg: 4607.3 (18%)     median: 4391 (17%)     max: 5057 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 3527      avg: 4657.3 (38%)     median: 4491 (37%)     max: 5954 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.

Crysis Warhead
low 800x600
77  fps      Compare
ultra 1024x768
15  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Supreme Commander - FA Bench
high 1024x768
36  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
85.6 91 114.5 143 ~ 109 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
55 58.2 64.2 92 ~ 67 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
35.9 38.1 40.2 49.6 ~ 41 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
111.5 119 125.6 ~ 119 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
56.6 58.4 62.8 ~ 59 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
35.8 37.4 37.6 ~ 37 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Call of Juarez Benchmark
high 1024x768
24 28 ~ 26 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion
high 1280x800
77  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark
high 1024x768
210  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
244.1  fps      Compare
med. 640x480
240.6  fps      Compare
high 800x600
249.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1024x768
224.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.

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

Gaming Performance

These benchmarks were conducted with high end notebooks (quad-core desktop CPU). Therefore, the performance with slower laptops may decrease.

Crysis: 1280x1024, very high: 22 fps -> not playable (in high playable)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: 1600x1200: 80 fps -> fluently playable
Half Life 2 - Episode 2: 1600x1200: 68 fps -> fluently playable 
Supreme Commander: 1600x1200: 55 fps -> fluently playable
World in Conflict: 1280x1024: 31 fps -> playable

GeForce 9M Series in comparison (Data from Nvidia with Desktop Q6600 CPU)
GeForce 9M Series in comparison (Data from Nvidia with Desktop Q6600 CPU)

Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX graphics card

Schenker XMG7 (9800M GTX): Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100, 17", 4.2 kg
  Review » Review mySN XMG7 (Clevo M570TU) Notebook

AVADirect D901C: Intel Core 2 Quad (Desktop) Q9550, 17.0", 5.6 kg
  External Review » AVADirect D901C

Rock Xtreme 780: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300, 17.0", 3.8 kg
  External Review » Rock Xtreme 780

Sager NP9262: Intel Core 2 Quad (Desktop) Q9550, 17.0", 5.2 kg
  External Review » Sager NP9262

Schenker XMG7 : Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100, 17.1", 4.2 kg
  External Review » Schenker mySN XMG7

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000, 17.0", 4.1 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q725

Zepto Hydra A17: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 17.0", 4.1 kg
  External Review » Zepto Hydra A17

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
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GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 5850
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Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
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GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
Radeon R6 M255DX
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
Mali-T760 MP6
Class 5
PowerVR GX6450
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)