NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT

NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT

The Nvidia GeForce 9800M GT is a graphics adapter for laptops and is based on the  9800M GTX (G92 core), but with only 96 shaders instead of the 112. The 9800M GT is produced in 65 nm and is therefore more similar to the 8800M GTX as both cores have similar shader counts. The chip is intended for relatively large desktop replacement laptops with more powerful cooling. 

Similar to all cards with DirectX 10 capabilities, the GeForce 9800M GT renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". There no longer exists any dedicated pixel- and vertex shaders. Instead, 96 so-called stream processors handle most of the the graphics work previously done by vertex and pixel shaders. Furthermore, these shader units are clocked higher than the core GPU processor.

The performance of the 9800M GT is similar to the Geforce 8800M GTX (same specs). The GTS 360M with GDDR5 and the 9800M GTS both with higher clock speeds) also perform on the same level as the 9800M GT. Therefore, the performance of the 9800M GT in 2008 and 2009 was sufficient for most games in high details. A detailed performance analysis of the 9800M GT can be found in our 9800M GT review.

An advantage of the GeForce 9000 series is the integrated PureVideo HD video processor. The GPU can assist the CPU in decoding  H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 videos.

In conjunction with the Nvidia 9100M G integrated graphics, the 9800M GT supports Hybrid-SLI in the form of HybridPower. HybridPower is a Windows Vista-only technique to switch 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. Eventually, graphics switching can be done automatically in drivers (now known as Nvidia Optimus). GeForceBoost is not supported with this card as there would be no performance gain from combining the integrated GPU with the 9800M GT.

Compared to desktop graphic cards, the 9800M GT is most similar to the GeForce 8800 GS. The latter, however, still features higher memory clock rates and has a slight edge over the 9800M GT.

GeForce 9800M Series
GeForce 9800M GT SLI (compare) 192 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTS SLI (compare) 128 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTX (compare) 112 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GT 96 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTS (compare) 64 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GS (compare) 64 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Pipelines96 - unified
Core Speed500 MHz
Shader Speed1250 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistor Count754 Million
technology65 nm
FeaturesPureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX-ready, Hybrid-SLI (HybridPower)
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement15.07.2008
InformationMXM 3
Link to Manufacturer Page


3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
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.

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

low 1024x768
67.3 98.4 ~ 83 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
49.8 55.6 ~ 53 fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
33.1 35.5 ~ 34 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Additional Benchmarks
Low 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
Low 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
High 1280x800
High 800x600
High 1440x900
High 1680x1050
Medium 1680x1050
Low 1680x1050
Low 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
Med 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
Very High 1024x768
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

low 1024x768
75.4 115.9 ~ 96 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
46.1 52.2 ~ 49 fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
30.9 33.1 ~ 32 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Additional Benchmarks
Low 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
Low 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
High 1440x900
Low 1680x1050
Medium 1680x1050
High 1680x1050
High 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
Med 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
Low 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
High 0xAF 0xAA 800x600
Very High 1024x768
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

med. 1024x768
66  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
37  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1280x800
High 2xAF 2xAA 1280x800
Medium 0xAF 0xAA 1440x900
High 2xAF 2xAA 1440x900


low 640x480
551 558 ~ 555 fps    + Compare
med. 800x600
273 274 ~ 274 fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
117 118 ~ 118 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Doom 3

Doom 3

low 640x480
150.9  fps    + Compare
med. 640x480
146.2  fps    + Compare
high 800x600
144.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1024x768
141.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.

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Gaming Performance

These benchmarks were conducted with high end notebooks (quad-core desktop CPU). Therefore, the performance with slower laptops may decrease.

Crysis: 1280x1024, very high: 21 fps -> not playable (in high playable)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: 1600x1200: 76 fps -> fluently playable
Half Life 2 - Episode 2: 1600x1200: 64 fps -> fluently playable 
Supreme Commander: 1600x1200: 53 fps -> fluently playable
World in Conflict: 1280x1024: 30 fps -> playable

GeForce 9M Serie im Vergleich (Daten von Nvidia mit Desktop Q6600 CPU)
GeForce 9M Serie im Vergleich (Daten von Nvidia mit Desktop Q6600 CPU)

Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT graphics card

Clevo M860TU (9800M GT): Intel Core 2 Duo P9500, 15.4", 3.3 kg
  Review » Review Deviltech 9000 DTX (Clevo M860TU) Notebook

Clevo M860TU: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400, 15", 3.3 kg
  External Review » Clevo M860TU

Cyber System SX15: Intel Core 2 Duo T9600, 15.4", 2.8 kg
  External Review » Cyber System SX15

Packard Bell iPower GX-Q-030: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000, 17", 4.1 kg
  External Review » Packard Bell iPower GX-Q-030

Rock Xtreme 620: Intel Core 2 Duo T9600, 15.4", 3.2 kg
  External Review » Rock Xtreme 620

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2016-01-26)