NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M

The Nividia GeForce GT 230M is a DirectX 10.1 graphics adapter for notebooks based on the GT216 core. Because of the 48 shader cores, it should perform better than the GT 130M and due to the 40nm production process the power consumption should stay the same.

The core of the GT230M is internally called GT216 and according to Nvidia based on the current high-end desktop architecture (GTX 200 series). Furthermore, Nvidia has improved the micro-architecture for further power saving and performance increases. Therefore, the performance per shader unit should be slightly improved compared to the previous generation.

As the GeForce 9700M GTS, the GT 230M features 48 stream processors that do the work of the former dedicated pixel- and vertex-shaders. The unified shaders of Nvidia are 1-dimensional (AMD has 5-dimensional shaders which leads to the higher number of shaders).

The GeForce GT230M also supports CUDA, DirectX Compute, OpenCL, and PhysiX to use the shaders for other tasks than rendering images (like encoding videos, calculating the physics of a game or mathematical tasks). For these special tasks, the GPU can be noticeably faster than current CPUs.

The mobile graphics card has a built in video decoder called PureVideo HD with VP4. The Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports the full decoding of H.264, VC-1, and now also MPEG-4 ASP (e.g. DivX or XviD). MPEG-1 still wont be supported, but the decoding of this codec is quite trivial on a CPU.

In conjunction with a chipset from Nvidia with integrated graphics (e.g. 9400M), the GT 230M supports Hybrid-SLI (HybridPower and GeForceBoost). 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 (and possibly Windows 7). 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 by the G 230M because the SLI combination would not perform better.

The performance of the middle class gpu GT 230M should be somewhere between the GeForce GT130M and the 9700M GTS and below the GT 240M because of the lower clock rate. Demanding DirectX 10 games like Crysis should run fluently in medium details. Older or less demanding games should run in high detail settings and high resolutions.

Depending on the the used type of graphics memory (GDDR2, GDDR3 or perhaps even DDR2/DDR3) the performance may differ noticeably.

The power consumption of the mobile graphics card is - like the GT 130M and GT 240M - 23 Watt (TDP). Furthermore, according to Nvidia, the new improved core does only need half of the power in Idle mode.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GT 200M Series

GeForce GT 240M

48 @ 550MHz128 Bit @ 800MHz
GeForce GT 230M 48 @ 500MHz128 Bit @ 800MHz

GeForce GT 220M

32 @ 500MHz128 Bit @ 800MHz
CodenameN10P-GE
ArchitectureGT2xx
Pipelines48 - unified
Core Speed *500 MHz
Shader Speed *1100 MHz
Memory Speed *800 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR2, GDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Power Consumption23 Watt
technology40 nm
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, HybridPower, PhysX
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement15.06.2009
Information158 Gigaflops
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 2363      avg: 2363 (6%)     median: 2363 (6%)     max: 2363 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 2012      avg: 2012 (5%)     median: 2012 (5%)     max: 2012 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 5647      avg: 5882.3 (20%)     median: 5676 (19%)     max: 6324 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 10397      avg: 10688.7 (29%)     median: 10403 (28%)     max: 11266 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 15333      avg: 15989.3 (11%)     median: 15514 (10%)     max: 17121 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 21391      avg: 21595.5 (35%)     median: 21595.5 (35%)     max: 21800 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 2529      avg: 2819 (24%)     median: 2819 (24%)     max: 3109 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.

CoD Modern Warfare 2
low:
88.4  fps      Compare
med.:
33  fps      Compare
high:
28.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Risen
Risen (2009)
low:
53.3  fps      Compare
med.:
23  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Need for Speed Shift
Need for Speed Shift (2009)
low:
52  fps      Compare
med.:
29  fps      Compare
high:
19.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Anno 1404
Anno 1404 (2009)
low:
53  fps      Compare
ultra:
17.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
F.E.A.R. 2
F.E.A.R. 2 (2009)
low:
94.5  fps      Compare
med.:
45.5  fps      Compare
high:
27.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Racedriver: GRID
Racedriver: GRID (2008)
low:
67  fps      Compare
med.:
34.9  fps      Compare
high:
28  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007)
low:
43.1 61.5 ~ 52 fps      Compare
med.:
27.1 34.5 ~ 31 fps      Compare
high:
17 20.3 ~ 19 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
Crysis - CPU Benchmark (2007)
low:
44.8 63 ~ 54 fps      Compare
med.:
25 34 ~ 30 fps      Compare
high:
15.3 18.7 ~ 17 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
F.E.A.R.
F.E.A.R. (2005)
low:
343  fps      Compare
med.:
159  fps      Compare
high:
58  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo (1999)
high:
454.9  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 GT 230M graphics card

Sony Vaio VPC-CW1S1E: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, 14.0", 2.3 kg
  Review » Review Sony Vaio VPC-CW1S1E Notebook

HP Pavilion dv6-2090eg: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-2090eg

HP Pavilion dv6-2130eg: Intel Core i5 430M, 15.6", 3.1 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-2130eg

HP Pavilion dv6-2190US: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.6", 2.9 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv6-2190US

HP Pavilion dv7-3080us: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.4 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-3080us

HP Pavilion dv7-3085dx: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.6 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-3085dx

HP Pavilion dv7-3165ef: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.5 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-3165ef

HP Pavilion dv7-3170eg: Intel Core i5 520M, 17.3", 3.6 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-3170eg

HP Pavilion dv7-3180us: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 3.6 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-3180us

HP Pavilion dv8: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.1 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv8

HP Pavilion dv8-1190ee: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.1 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv8-1190ee

HP Pavilion dv8-1250ea: Intel Core i7 620M, 18.4", 4 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv8-1250ea

Sony Vaio VPC-CW1S1E: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, 14.0", 2.3 kg
  External Review » Sony Vaio VPC-CW1S1E

Sony Vaio VPCCW1LFX/B: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, 14.0", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Sony Vaio VPCCW1LFX/B

Toshiba Satellite A500-17X: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, 16.0", 2.8 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite A500-17X

Toshiba Satellite A505-S6999: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, 16.0", 3.3 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite A505-S6999

Toshiba Satellite P500-12D: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, 18.4", 4.4 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite P500-12D

Toshiba Satellite P500-12E: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, 18.4", 4.4 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite P500-12E

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» Benchmark List
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» Notebook Gaming List
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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
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 *
Chrome9HD *
PowerVR SGX554MP4 *
Mali-T604 *
Class 6
PowerVR SGX543MP4 *
Mali-T624 *
Mali-450 MP4 *
PowerVR SGX543MP3 *
PowerVR SGX543MP2 *
PowerVR SGX544 *
Adreno 225 *
Vivante GC4000 *
VideoCore-IV *
Adreno 220 *
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core
Mali-400 MP2 *
PowerVR SGX540 *
Adreno 205 *
GC800 *
PowerVR SGX535
PowerVR SGX531
PowerVR SGX530
Mali-200 *
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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