NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX vs NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI

NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX

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The Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTX is a graphics adapter for laptops based on the G92 core. In general, the GPU is similar to that of the 8800M GTX but with 112 unified shader cores instead of 96. The chip is manufactured in a 65nm process and because of the high shader count, the power consumption (75 Watt of the MXM board) can be quite high. As a result, the 9800M GTX is only found in larger laptops with relatively powerful cooling solutions.

The performance of the chip is noticeably better than both the 9800M GT and GTS because of the additional shader units (see benchmarks below). Therefore, DirectX 10 games of 2008 should all be playable in high details.

As with all cards with DirectX 10 capabilities, the GeForce 9800M GTX renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". Dedicated pixel- and vertex shaders have been dropped in favor of stream processors, which have now taken up much of the rendering burden. Furthermore, the shader units are higher clocked than the core chip itself at 1250 MHz.

A feature found in the GeForce 9000 series is the integrated PureVideo HD video processor. The GPU is able to assist the CPU in the decoding of H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 video material.

In conjunction with the Nvidia 9100M G integrated graphics, the 9800M GTX supports Hybrid-SLI known as HybridPower. HybridPower is a technique available only in Windows Vista that allows users to choose between the integrated or dedicated graphics core for power-saving purposes. Eventually, graphics switching was seamlessly accomplished through drivers by Nvidia, a technology now known as Optimus. GeForceBoost is not supported with the 9800M GTX as there would be no performance gain when paired the integrated GPU.

Compared to desktop graphics cards, the 9800M GTX should be a bit slower than the GeForce 8800 GT, which has a higher memory clock rate.

The 9800M GTX was eventually succeeded by the GTX 260M. The latter is based off of the G92b core architecture and is produced in a 55nm fabrication process, leading to lower energy demands and heat dissipation.

NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI

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The Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS SLI consists out of two GeForce 9800M GTS in SLI mode. Each 9800M GTS is based on the G94 core with 64 shader processors. The chips are produced in 65nm (512 MB) and later in 55nm (1024 MB versions). Therefore, the boards power consumption stays the same (75 Watt) for both versions.



The SLI version of the 9800M GTS is about 0-40% faster than a single 9800M GTS (depending on the SLI support of the game and the driver version). In some games there may even be a slight decrease of performance. Furthermore, some games may suffer from micro stuttering in the range of 30 fps (because of the different frametimes). This means you may need more fps for a fluent gameplay experience. Still DirectX 10 games should run in medium to high detail settings and resolutions.



As all cards with DirectX 10 capabilities, the GeForce 9800M GTS renders the 3D images using "Unified Shaders". There don't exist any more dedicated pixel- and vertex shaders but 2x64 so called stream processors make the graphic work (which has been done by pixel and vertex shaders in former days). Furthermore, the shader units are higher clocked than the chip (1500 MHz).



An advantage of the GeForce 9000 series is the integrated PureVideo HD video processor. It is able to help with the decoding of H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 video material in HD quality and eases the CPU.



In conjunction with the Nvidia 9100M G integrated graphics, the 9800M GTS supports Hybrid-SLI (only HybridPower). 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. 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 with this card, as there would be no performance gain to combine the integrated GPU with the 9800M GTS.

Compared to desktop graphics cards, the 9800M GTS SLI should be a bit slower than the GeForce 8800 GS in SLI mode(which has a higher memory clock rate).

NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTXNVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce 9800M Series
GeForce 9800M GT SLI compare 192 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTS SLI 128 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTX 112 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GT compare 96 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTS compare 64 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GS compare 64 @ 0.53 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GT SLI compare 192 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTS SLI 128 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTX 112 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GT compare 96 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTS compare 64 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GS compare 64 @ 0.53 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
CodenameNB9E-GTXNB9E-GT
ArchitectureG9xG9x
Pipelines112 - unified128 - unified
Core Speed500 MHz600 MHz
Shader Speed1250 MHz1500 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3GDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB512 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0DirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistors754 Million1508 Million
technology65 nm55/65 nm
FeaturesHybridPower, PureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX readyPureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX-ready, SLI
Notebook Sizelargelarge
Date of Announcement15.07.2008 15.07.2008
InformationMXM 32xMXM 3
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_980...http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_980...

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 32624     avg: 37419     median: 35460 (37%)     max: 44174 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 30864     avg: 31959     median: 31601 (17%)     max: 33411 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 13912     avg: 16638     median: 16720.5 (24%)     max: 19197 Points
19100 Points (28%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX → 100% n=3

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI → 128% n=3

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
77  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
15  fps
Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
36  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
85.6 91 114.5 143 ~ 109 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
55 58.2 64.2 92 ~ 67 fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
35.9 38.1 40.2 49.6 ~ 41 fps
107%
GeForce 9800M GTS SLI:
44  fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
111.5 119 125.6 ~ 119 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
56.6 58.4 62.8 ~ 59 fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
35.8 37.4 37.6 ~ 37 fps
124%
GeForce 9800M GTS SLI:
46  fps
Call of Juarez Benchmark

Call of Juarez Benchmark

2006
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
24 28 ~ 26 fps
The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion

2006
high 1280x800
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
77  fps
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
210  fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
244.1  fps
med. 640x480
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
240.6  fps
high 800x600
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
249.4  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce 9800M GTX:
224.2  fps

Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTX → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS SLI → 116%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 116%

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

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