The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 160M is a laptop graphics card based on the GeForce 9800M GTS (G94b core) and is produced in 55nm. Due to the smaller fabrication process, the power consumption is reduced to the level of the 9800M GS (60 Watt TDP) and is more suited for 15" laptops.

As with all DirectX 10 cards, the GeForce GTX 160M renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". Dedicated pixel- and vertex shaders have been completely replaced with 64 so-called Stream Processors, which take over most of the graphics workload. Furthermore, the shader units are clocked higher than the GPU core itself.

As the GTX 160M is just a die shrink, the performance is comparable to the GeForce 9800M GTS. For 2009 DirectX 10 games like Crysis, World in Conflict, Bioshock or Age of Conan, the performance of this graphics card is sufficient for medium to high detail settings. Models include VRAM  up to 1024 MB GDDR3.

The GeForce GTS 100M series also includes the integrated PureVideo HD video processor. The 160M GPU is thus able to decode H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 HD material, thus freeing the CPU for other tasks.

HybridPower is a Windows Vista-only technique for switching between the integrated and discrete GPUs for power-saving purposes. The feature was eventually supplanted by Optimus, which can provide smoother automatic graphics switching through drivers. GeForceBoost is not supported with this card as there would be no performance gain from combining with the integrated GPU.

The total power consumption of up to 60 Watts means the 160M is more suited for notebooks with relatively powerful cooling solutions.

Compared with Desktop graphics cards, the performance of the 160M is most similar to the GeForce 8800 GT, although the latter is still slightly faster due to its higher memory clock speeds.

GeForce GTS 100M Series
GeForce GTS 160M 64 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce GTS 150M 64 @ 400 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Pipelines64 - unified
Core Speed *600 MHz
Shader Speed *1500 MHz
Memory Speed *800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistors504 Million
technology55 nm
FeaturesPureVideo HD, HybridPower, 
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement02.03.2009
InformationMXM 3
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.


3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 3374     avg: 3374 (6%)     median: 3374 (6%)     max: 3374 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 3965     avg: 3965 (8%)     median: 3965 (8%)     max: 3965 Points
3DMark 06
min: 9327     avg: 9327 (24%)     median: 9327 (24%)     max: 9327 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 13775     avg: 13775 (37%)     median: 13775 (37%)     max: 13775 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 29048     avg: 29048 (19%)     median: 29048 (19%)     max: 29048 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 30011     avg: 30011 (49%)     median: 30011 (49%)     max: 30011 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
min: 3964     avg: 3964 (15%)     median: 3964 (15%)     max: 3964 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
min: 3432     avg: 3432 (23%)     median: 3432 (23%)     max: 3432 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU
min: 5.9     avg: 5.9 (87%)     median: 5.9 (87%)     max: 5.9 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU Games
min: 5.9     avg: 5.9 (87%)     median: 5.9 (87%)     max: 5.9 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.

Anno 1404

Anno 1404

low 1024x768
120.7  fps     Compare
ultra 1280x1024
33.5  fps     Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
F.E.A.R. 2
low 800x600
121.9  fps     Compare
med. 1024x768
67  fps     Compare
high 1280x1024
42.2  fps     Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Left 4 Dead
low 640x480
141.6  fps     Compare
high 1024x768
103  fps     Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
88  fps     Compare
med. 1024x768
51  fps     Compare
high 1024x768
34  fps     Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
108  fps     Compare
med. 1024x768
52  fps     Compare
high 1024x768
33  fps     Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
World in Conflict - Benchmark
med. 1024x768
29  fps     Compare
high 1024x768
26  fps     Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Counter-Strike Source
high 1024x768
242.6  fps     Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.

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Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M graphics card

MSI GT628: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000, 15.4", 2.8 kg
  Review » Review MSI GT628 Gaming-Notebook

  External Review » MSI GT628

MSI GT628Q: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000, 15.4", 2.8 kg
  External Review » MSI GT628Q

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
Class 2
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
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Class 4
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2016-01-26)