NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M

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.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTS 100M Series
GeForce GTS 160M 64 @ 600MHz256 Bit @ 800MHz

GeForce GTS 150M

64 @ 400MHz256 Bit @ 800MHz
CodenameN10E-GS1
ArchitectureG9x
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.

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 3965      avg: 3965 (11%)     median: 3965 (11%)     max: 3965 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 3374      avg: 3374 (8%)     median: 3374 (8%)     max: 3374 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 9327      avg: 9327 (32%)     median: 9327 (32%)     max: 9327 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 13775      avg: 13775 (37%)     median: 13775 (37%)     max: 13775 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 29048      avg: 29048 (19%)     median: 29048 (19%)     max: 29048 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 30011      avg: 30011 (49%)     median: 30011 (49%)     max: 30011 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 3432      avg: 3432 (29%)     median: 3432 (29%)     max: 3432 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU
0% 100%
min: 5.9      avg: 5.9 (87%)     median: 5.9 (87%)     max: 5.9 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU Games
0% 100%
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 (2009)
low:
120.7  fps      Compare
ultra:
33.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
F.E.A.R. 2
F.E.A.R. 2 (2009)
low:
121.9  fps      Compare
med.:
67  fps      Compare
high:
42.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead (2008)
low:
141.6  fps      Compare
high:
103  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007)
low:
88  fps      Compare
med.:
51  fps      Compare
high:
34  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
Crysis - CPU Benchmark (2007)
low:
108  fps      Compare
med.:
52  fps      Compare
high:
33  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
World in Conflict - Benchmark
World in Conflict - Benchmark (2007)
med.:
29  fps      Compare
high:
26  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Juarez Benchmark
Call of Juarez Benchmark (2006)
high:
24.6  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark (2005)
high:
153.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Counter-Strike Source
Counter-Strike Source (2004)
high:
242.6  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 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
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 *
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)