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NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS

NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS

The Nvidia GeForce 9600M GS is a DirectX 10 graphics card for notebooks. Technically itis a slower clocked GeForce 9600M GT. It is also produced in 65nm and features a new PureVideo HD video processor (VP3) and HybridPower support.

Compared to the 8600M GT, the core clock is only slightly higher, which leads a similarperformance as the old 8600M GT, but because of the 55nm process it shoulduse less current. As the 8600M GT, the 9600M GT features 32 stream processors that do the graphic work of the vertex- and pixel-shaders.

In conjunction with the Nvidia 9100M G integrated graphics, the 9600M GS 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.

Compared to desktop graphics cards, the 9600M GS is similar to the GeForce 9500 GS (which also descends from the G96 core). The similar named desktop CPU 9600 Series has a 256 bit memory bus and is therefore much faster.

GeForce 9600M Series

GeForce 9650M GT compare 32 @ 0.55 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9600M GT compare 32 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9600M GS 32 @ 0.43 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Pipelines32 - unified
Core Speed430 MHz
Shader Speed1075 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR2, GDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
APIDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistor Count314 Million
technology65 nm
FeaturesPCI-E 2.0, 400 MHz Speichertakt bei GDDR2 und 800 MHz bei GDDR3
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement03.06.2008
Link to Manufacturer Page


3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings +
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 +
3DMark 06
min: 3808     avg: 4506     median: 4506 (6%)     max: 5204 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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.

F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

low 800x600
98.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
32.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Racedriver: GRID

Racedriver: GRID

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

low 1024x768
54.4 70.2 ~ 62 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
19.3 23 ~ 21 fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
13.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Additional Benchmarks
High 800x600
Low 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
Med 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
Very High 1024x768
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

low 1024x768
49.9 52.7 ~ 51 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
22.1 23.2 ~ 23 fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
12.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Additional Benchmarks
Med 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
Low 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
High 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
Very High 1024x768


low 640x480
281  fps    + Compare
med. 800x600
29  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
28  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.

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Game Performance

The following values are based on the 8600M GT. As the core of the 9600M GS is similar (only slightly higher clocked), the following benchmarks should give a good impression on the gaming performance of the card.

Call of Juarez : 1280x800, DX10: 20 fps -> barely playable
Company of Heroes: 1440x900, high details-> playable (not completely fluent)
World in Conflict: 1024x768, medium details (DX9), Benchmark: 23 fps -> playable (DX 10 not playable)
F.E.A.R.: 1024x768, CPU max, GPU max: 24-40 fps -> well playable
Command and Conquer 3 (C&C 3): 1024x768, high details: 30 fps well playable
Supreme Commander: 1024x768, high details: 16-44 fps -> playable (large Multiplayer battles may need a faster GPU)
Colin McRae Dirt: 1024x768, high: 20 fps -> barely playable (reduce details)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: 1024x768, maximum quality: 18 fps not playable -> with reduced details playable
Splinter Cell - Chaos Theory: 1280x800 -> well playable
Oblivion: 1280x800, max details: 40 fps -> well playable
Half Life 2 - Episode 1: 1280x800: 70 fps -> well playable
Prey: 1280x800: 40 fps -> well playable
Anno 1701: 1024x768, high Details: 48 fps -> well playable
Doom 3: 1024x768, Details: Ultra: 67 fps -> well playable
Age of Empires 3: 1024x768, hohe Details (without footprints), Skirmish zu 8t: 30-40 fps -> well playable
Quake 3 Arena: 1024x768, max Details: 236.5 fps -> well playable

Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS graphics card

Gigabyte Q1580V: Intel Core 2 Duo T6400, 15.40", 2.7 kg
  External Review » Gigabyte Q1580V

HP TouchSmart IQ830: Intel Core 2 Duo P7450, 25.50", 16 kg
  External Review » HP TouchSmart IQ830

Samsung P560-54P: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 15.40", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Samsung P560-54P

Medion P6618: Intel Core 2 Duo T6600, 16.00", 3 kg
  External Review » Medion P6618

Samsung P560-54G: Intel Core 2 Duo T5800, 15.40", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Samsung P560-54G

Medion P8610: Intel Core 2 Duo T5800, 18.40", 3.8 kg
  External Review » Medion P8610

Acer Aspire 6930G: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 16.00", 3.8 kg
  External Review » Acer Aspire 6930G

Asus X83VM: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 14.10", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Asus X83VM

Medion P6612 : Intel Core 2 Duo P7350, 16.00", 3.5 kg
  External Review » Medion P6612

Asus M50VM : Intel Core 2 Duo T9400, 15.40", 3 kg
  External Review » Asus M50VM

HP Pavilion dv7-1025nr: Intel Core 2 Duo P7350, 17.00", 3.6 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv7-1025nr

Asus M70VM: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400, 17.10", 4.4 kg
  External Review » Asus M70VM

Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D: Intel Core 2 Duo T9500, 15.40", 3 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D

HP Pavilion dv5t: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400, 15.40", 3 kg
  External Review » HP Pavilion dv5t

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2016-01-26)