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NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M

The Nvidia GeForce GTS 360M is a high performance laptop graphics card based on the GT215 core. Compared to the older GTS 260M, the GTS 360 features only a higher clock speed.

The GT215 architecture supports DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 2.1 and features 96 shader cores, similar to the 9800M GT.  The memory bus of the GTS 360M, however, is only 128 bit wide. To compensate, the GPU supports faster GDDR5 VRAM. Therefore, overall performance is significantly faster compared to models with slower DDR3 VRAM.

Similar to the GeForce 9800M GT, the GTS 360M features 96 stream processors that do the graphics work of the former dedicated pixel- and vertex-shaders. The unified shaders of Nvidia are 1-dimensional (AMD has 5-dimensional shaders which lead to the higher number of shaders). The shaders of the GT215 core are based on the GTX 200 desktop architecture and are therefore improved compared to the G92 based cards (e.g., 9800M GT).

The GeForce GPU also supports CUDADirectX ComputeOpenCL, and PhysX to use the shaders for other tasks than rendering images (for example, encoding videos or calculating 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 is still not supported, but the decoding of this codec is quite trivial on a CPU.

In conjunction with an Nvidia integrated graphics (e.g. 9400M), the GTS 360M supports Hybrid-SLI in the form of HybridPower. HybridPower is a Windows Vista-only technique for switching between the integrated and dedicated graphics core for power-saving purposes. Up to now, the user had to use a tool to switch between the GPUs. Later, HybridPower was succeeded by Optimus, which can automatically switch between GPUs directly through drivers. GeForceBoost is not supported by the GTS 360M as the SLI combination with the integrated GPU would provide no significant performance boosts.

The performance of the mid- to high-class GeForce GTS 360M should be slightly above the GTS 260M because of the higher clock speed. Demanding DirectX 10 games like Crysis should run fluently in medium to high details and lower resolutions. Older or less demanding games should run in high detail settings and high resolutions fluently. More details about the gaming performance can be found in our benchmarks below.

Depending on the type of graphics memory used (GDDR5 or GDDR3), the performance of the GTS 360M may differ. The maximum clock rate can also differ according to the used graphics RAM. For models equipped with GDDR5 VRAM, the maximum supported clock rate is 2000 MHz.

The power consumption should be similar to the slightly slower clocked GTS 260M, which is rated at 38 Watt TDP. Therefore, the GTS 360M is intended for larger laptops with powerful cooling solutions.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTS 300M Series
GeForce GTS 360M 96 @ 575 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce GTS 350M 96 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 1600 MHz
CodenameN11E-GS1
ArchitectureGT2xx
Pipelines96 - unified
Core Speed *575 MHz
Shader Speed *1325 MHz
Memory Speed *1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3, GDDR3, GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
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 Announcement07.01.2010
Information360 GFlops
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
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minmin: 4386     avg: 4516.3 (9%)     median: 4569 (9%)     max: 4594 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
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minmin: 5333     avg: 5544 (12%)     median: 5522 (12%)     max: 5777 Points
3DMark 06
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minmin: 9819     avg: 10329.5 (27%)     median: 10243.5 (27%)     max: 11012 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
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minmin: 16582     avg: 16711.7 (45%)     median: 16674 (45%)     max: 16879 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
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minmin: 25762     avg: 26151.7 (17%)     median: 26327 (17%)     max: 26366 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
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minmin: 5127     avg: 5127 (20%)     median: 5127 (20%)     max: 5127 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
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minmin: 3368     avg: 3664.5 (25%)     median: 3664.5 (25%)     max: 3961 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
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minmin: 6.8     avg: 6.8 (78%)     median: 6.8 (78%)     max: 6.8 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.

Metro 2033
low 800x600
42.2 fps  fps      Compare
med. 1360x768
32.1 fps  fps      Compare
high 1600x900
17.9 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
med. 1366x768
52 fps  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
40.2 fps  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21.6 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
CoD Modern Warfare 2
med. 1024x768
61.3 fps  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
53.1 fps  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
34 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Risen

Risen

2009
med. 1024x768
45.7 fps  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
33.4 fps  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
23.2 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Need for Speed Shift
med. 1024x768
63.2 fps  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
53.1 fps  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
32 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Colin McRae: DIRT 2
med. 1024x768
80.9  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
50.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
27.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
122.6 fps  fps      Compare
ultra 1280x1024
39.1 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
med. 1024x768
62.4  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
38.5  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
med. 1024x768
60.5  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
34.5  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9.4  fps      Compare