NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M

The Nvidia GeForce GT 330M is the successor of the GT 230M and technically a faster clocked GT 240M (but it should still maintain the power envelope of the GT 230M as the naming suggests). Therefore, the GT330M is a mid-range laptop graphics card that offers DirectX 10.1 effects.

The performance of the GT 330M is similar to the GeForce GT 240M and therefore located in the range of the Mobility Radeon HD 4650. The card supports DirectX 10.1 and all the features of the GT 230M / 240M (as it is based on the same GT216 core). The modern ATI Radeon HD 5650 offers DirectX 11 effects and performs better. 

Modern and demanding DirectX 10 and 11 games (like Crysis or Risen) can only be played fluently with medium detail settings and resolution settings. Less demanding games like Sims 3 run in high details and resolutions. See the gaming list below for detailed benchmarks.

The 48 shader cores of the GT216 are based on the desktop GTX 200 architecture and are therefore a bit improved compared to the 48 cores of the GeForce 9700M GTX. According to Nvidia, the micro architecture was improved regarding battery runtime and performance. The stream processors / shaders are 1-dimensional (1D) and can therefore not directly compared to the 5D shaders of current AMD / ATI cards like the Mobility Radeon HD 5650.

To use the calculation performance of the GeForce GT 330M for other applications, the card supports CUDA, OpenCL, and Direct Compute. For example encoding videos using the stream processors is considerably faster than using a fast CPU.

The GT330M supports the hardware decoding of HD videos using the integrated PureVideo HD engine. The integrated VP4 video processor is able to fully decode H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 ASP (e.g., DivX, xVID). Hardware decoding of MPEG-1 encoded videos is not supported, but this can be handled by every CPU without high load. In conjunction with an Core i5-520M, the GT 330M decoded H.264 with 1-6%, VC1 in 5-10%, and WMV with 3-9% CPU load (1080p over HDMI on a Sony Vaio Z11). 

 

As with the GT 230M, the performance depends on the used graphics memory. With slow DDR2, the card can be up to 20% slower than with faster memory. Usually the GT 330M is paired with cheap and relatively fast DDR3 memory. GDDR3 would be a bit faster. GDDR5 is not supported according to Nvidia.

A low power version of the GT 330M is also available for laptop manufacturers featuring a minimal slower clock rate and less power consumption (Codename N11P-LP).

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GT 300M Series

GeForce GT 335M

72 @ 450MHz128 Bit @ 1066MHz
GeForce GT 330M 48 @ 575MHz128 Bit @ 1066MHz

GeForce GT 325M

48 @ 450MHz128 Bit @ 1066MHz

GeForce GT 320M

24 @ 500MHz128 Bit @ 790MHz
CodenameN11P-GE1
ArchitectureGT2xx
Pipelines48 - unified
Core Speed *575 MHz
Shader Speed *1265 MHz
Memory Speed *1066 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR2, GDDR3, DDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Transistors486 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, HybridPower, PhysX
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement10.01.2010
Information182 Gigaflops calculation power
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: 2159      avg: 2495.6 (7%)     median: 2657.5 (7%)     max: 2800 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 1738      avg: 2038.6 (5%)     median: 2134 (5%)     max: 2244 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 5382      avg: 6437 (22%)     median: 6453 (22%)     max: 7553 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 11076      avg: 12591.4 (34%)     median: 12982.5 (35%)     max: 13457 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 16182      avg: 18197.9 (12%)     median: 18934 (13%)     max: 19604 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 21859      avg: 26741.4 (44%)     median: 26029.5 (43%)     max: 32183 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 3538      avg: 4984.2 (19%)     median: 4635 (18%)     max: 9066 Points
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3ds Max 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 6.04      avg: 6.6 (14%)     median: 6.6 (14%)     max: 7.07 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Catia 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4.79      avg: 6.1 (13%)     median: 6.1 (13%)     max: 7.44 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 13.47      avg: 13.5 (28%)     median: 13.5 (28%)     max: 13.47 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 19.71      avg: 20.4 (11%)     median: 20.4 (11%)     max: 21.06 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 7.31      avg: 7.8 (15%)     median: 7.8 (15%)     max: 8.34 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 12.03      avg: 13.6 (20%)     median: 13.6 (20%)     max: 15.13 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 2.93      avg: 3.1 (8%)     median: 3.1 (8%)     max: 3.18 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS NX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 3.79      avg: 3.8 (8%)     median: 3.8 (8%)     max: 3.79 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 13.24      avg: 15.3 (14%)     median: 15.5 (14%)     max: 17.51 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 2103      avg: 3416.4 (29%)     median: 3409 (29%)     max: 4250 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 4.6      avg: 6 (76%)     median: 6.4 (81%)     max: 6.5 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 4      avg: 6.1 (77%)     median: 6.4 (81%)     max: 6.5 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.

Fifa 11
Fifa 11 (2010)
high:
58.7  fps      Compare
ultra:
29.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Mafia 2
Mafia 2 (2010)
low:
41.7 46.6 ~ 44 fps      Compare
med.:
32.3 37.6 38.3 ~ 36 fps      Compare
high:
26.8 31.1 32.2 ~ 30 fps      Compare
ultra:
19  fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
StarCraft 2
StarCraft 2 (2010)
low:
108.8 153 158 162 171 ~ 151 fps      Compare
med.:
31.7 32.7 39 39.3 39.9 41.4 56 ~ 40 fps      Compare
high:
21.8 22 26.5 27.2 28.5 29.7 33 ~ 27 fps      Compare
ultra:
11.8 16 ~ 14 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Metro 2033
Metro 2033 (2010)
low:
23.1 33 36.4 36.6 ~ 32 fps      Compare
med.:
23 23.2 25.1 ~ 24 fps      Compare
high:
10  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
low:
49.7 51 52 52 57 59.5 ~ 54 fps      Compare
med.:
23 25 26 27 28 32.1 ~ 27 fps      Compare
high:
17.3 20 20 21.4 ~ 20 fps      Compare
ultra:
9 11 ~ 10 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
CoD Modern Warfare 2
low:
107.6 112 ~ 110 fps      Compare
med.:
36.3  fps      Compare
high:
27 30 30.5 33 ~ 30 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Risen
Risen (2009)
low:
41 47 56.6 58.8 70.5 71 ~ 57 fps      Compare
med.:
23 25.7 26.3 27.7 28 28 ~ 26 fps      Compare
high:
16.8 17.5 17.7 21.2 22 ~ 19 fps      Compare
ultra:
11.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 (2009)
low:
83.1  fps      Compare
high:
31.7  fps      Compare
ultra:
17.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Need for Speed Shift
Need for Speed Shift (2009)
low:
52.4  fps      Compare
med.:
33.2 38 ~ 36 fps      Compare
high:
20.4 27 ~ 24 fps      Compare
ultra:
11.3 14 ~ 13 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Colin McRae: DIRT 2
Colin McRae: DIRT 2 (2009)
low:
61.1 62.6 68.9 79 80.4 85 98.4 ~ 76 fps      Compare
med.:
33 42 42.6 43.4 47.4 48 50 ~ 44 fps      Compare
high:
28 29.1 32.3 ~ 30 fps      Compare
ultra:
12.5  fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Anno 1404
Anno 1404 (2009)
low:
58 59.8 59.8 59.9 60 60 60 98.5 ~ 64 fps      Compare
ultra:
15.9 19 20.9 25.6 26 ~ 21 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Sims 3
Sims 3 (2009)
low:
233 233.4 279 ~ 248 fps      Compare
med.:
61.9 68 98.5 ~ 76 fps      Compare
high: