NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M

The Nividia GeForce GTS 250M is a DirectX 10.1 graphics adapter for notebooks based on the 40nm GT215 core. It features 96 shader cores as the 9800M GT, but the memory bus is only 128 bit wide. To compensate this, the GTS 250M supports GDDR5. With DDR3 graphics memory the performance is only a a bit above the Mobility Radeon HD 4670.

The core of the GTS250M is internally called GT215 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 9800M GT, the GTS 250M features 96 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 GTS250M 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 GTS 250M 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 GTS 250M because the SLI combination would not perform better.

The performance of the middle class to high end gpu GeForce GTS 250M should be clearly above the GT 240M because of it features twice as much shader cores. Demanding DirectX 10 games like Crysis should run fluently in medium to high details. Older or less demanding games should run in high detail settings and high resolutions.

Depending on the the used type of graphics memory (GDDR5, GDDR3) the performance may differ.

The power consumption of the mobile graphics card is with 27 Watt TDP relativley low (especially as the GTS 260M which is a bit higher clocked needs 10 Watt more). Furthermore, according to Nvidia, the new improved core does only need half of the power in Idle mode (compared to the previous generation).

Compared to desktop graphics cards, the GeForce GTS 250M is similar to the GeForce GT 220. The desktop GPU is higher clocked (625/1360/500-1000) and therefore should be faster in games.

 

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTS 200M Series

GeForce GTS 260M

96 @ 550MHz128 Bit @ 1800MHz
GeForce GTS 250M 96 @ 500MHz128 Bit @ 1600MHz
CodenameN10E-GE
ArchitectureGT2xx
Pipelines96 - unified
Core Speed *500 MHz
Shader Speed *1250 MHz
Memory Speed *1600 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3, GDDR3, GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Power Consumption28 Watt
Transistors727 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, HybridPower, PhysX, SLI, Powermizer 8.0, MXM 3.0 Type-B
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement15.06.2009
Information360 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 GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 2944      avg: 3128.4 (7%)     median: 3014 (7%)     max: 3653 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 3442      avg: 3848.2 (10%)     median: 3659 (9%)     max: 4371 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 7433      avg: 7982 (27%)     median: 7885 (26%)     max: 9020 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 14388      avg: 14732.6 (40%)     median: 14463 (39%)     max: 15607 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 20231      avg: 20231 (13%)     median: 20231 (13%)     max: 20231 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 32373      avg: 32373 (53%)     median: 32373 (53%)     max: 32373 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 3347      avg: 4709.3 (18%)     median: 5049.5 (19%)     max: 5391 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4310      avg: 4489 (37%)     median: 4451 (37%)     max: 4753 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 6.5      avg: 6.6 (83%)     median: 6.6 (83%)     max: 6.7 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 6.5      avg: 6.6 (83%)     median: 6.6 (83%)     max: 6.7 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 800x600
139.6  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
47.5 48.5 52 ~ 49 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
42.2 48.7 ~ 45 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
25.4 30.2 ~ 28 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Risen

Risen

2009
med. 1024x768
31.4 35.5 36.7 ~ 35 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
27.3 29 ~ 28 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
med. 1024x768
38.8 42 42.1 ~ 41 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
31.8 39.2 ~ 36 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
120.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1280x1024
24.2 26.2 26.5 29.8 ~ 27 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
med. 1024x768
69.4  fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
41.2 44.2 45.5 50.8 ~ 45 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
152.3  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
66.5 99.1 100.2 ~ 89 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
88.4  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
48 51.8 ~ 50 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
24.6 26.7 28.1 31.4 ~ 28 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
95.2  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
45.2 49.3 ~ 47 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
21.9 23.8 25.1 28.3 ~ 25 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Call of Juarez Benchmark

Call of Juarez Benchmark

2006
high 1024x768
11.9 19.5 ~ 16 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.

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 250M graphics card

Acer Aspire 8940G-724G50Bn: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.2 kg
  Review » Review Acer Aspire 8940G Notebook

MSI GT640: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.4", 2.7 kg
  Review » Review MSI GT640 Gaming Notebook

MSI GT740: Intel Core i7 820QM, 17.0", 3.2 kg
  Review » Review MSI GT740 Gaming-Notebook

Toshiba Qosmio X500-10V: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.8 kg
  Review » Review Toshiba Qosmio X500-10V Notebook

Acer Aspire 8940-6865: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.2 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8940-6865

Acer Aspire 8940G-724G50Bn: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.2 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8940G-724G50Bn

Acer Aspire 8940G-724G64Bn: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.6 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 8940G-724G64Bn

Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7700: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17", 3.2 kg
  External Review » Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7700

Ibuypower Battalion 101 LX-797: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Ibuypower Battalion 101 LX-797

MSI GT640: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.4", 2.7 kg
  External Review » MSI GT640

MSI GT640-030UK: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.4", 2.7 kg
  External Review » MSI GT640-030UK

MSI GT640-i7247W7P: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.4", 2.8 kg
  External Review » MSI GT640-i7247W7P

MSI GT740: Intel Core i7 820QM, 17.0", 3.2 kg
  External Review » MSI GT740

MSI GT740-021UK: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.0", 3.2 kg
  External Review » MSI GT740-021UK

MSI GT740-i7247W7P: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.0", 2.8 kg
  External Review » MSI GT740-i7247W7P

Toshiba Qosmio X500-10T: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Qosmio X500-10T

Toshiba Qosmio X500-10V: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.8 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Qosmio X500-10V

Toshiba Qosmio X500-10W: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 1.7 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Qosmio X500-10W

Toshiba Qosmio X500-110: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.5 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Qosmio X500-110

Toshiba Qosmio X500-111: Intel Core i7 620M, 18.4", 4.6 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Qosmio X500-111

Toshiba Qosmio X505: Intel Core i7 820QM, 18.4", 5 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Qosmio X505

Velocity Micro NoteMagix M17: Intel Core i5 520M, 17.0", 3.2 kg
  External Review » Velocity Micro NoteMagix M17

ZAReason Verix: Intel Core i7 620M, 15.4", 2.7 kg
  External Review » ZAReason Verix

» Comparison of GPUs
Detailled list of all laptop GPUs with a short description. Classified and sorted by performance.

» Benchmark List
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» Notebook Gaming List
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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
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
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema) *
Class 5
Adreno 420 *
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)