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NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS

NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS

The Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS is a graphics adapter for laptops and is based on the G94 core with 64 shader processors. The chip is produced in 65nm (512 MB) and later in 55nm (1024 MB versions). Therefore, the power consumption between both boards are similar at about 75 watts each. Note that the 55nm version of the 9800M GTS was later renamed to the GeForce GTS 160M.

Because of the additional shaders and higher clock speeds, the 9800M GTS is noticeably faster than the 9700M GTS (see benchmarks below). Therefore, DirectX 10 games of 2008 should all be playable in medium to high detail settings.

As with all DirectX 10 cards, the GeForce 9800M GTS renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". Dedicated pixel- and vertex shaders are completely replaced with 64 so called Stream Processors, which now take over most of the graphics workload. Furthermore, these shader units are clocked higher than the core GPU itself.

An advantage of 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 formats throughout a wide range of resolutions.

In conjunction with the Nvidia 9100M G integrated graphics, the 9800M GTS supports Hybrid-SLI (only HybridPower). HybridPower is a Windows Vista-only technique for switching between integrated and discrete graphics for power-saving purposes. The technology was eventually supplanted by a more automatic and optimized system, called Optimus. GeForceBoost is not supported with this card as there would be no performance gain from combining the discrete 9800M GTS with the integrated GPU.

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

GeForce 9800M Series

GeForce 9800M GT SLI compare 192 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTS SLI compare 128 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTX compare 112 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GT compare 96 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GTS 64 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 9800M GS compare 64 @ 0.53 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Pipelines64 - unified
Core Speed600 MHz
Shader Speed1500 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
APIDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Power Consumption75 Watt
Transistor Count504 Million
technology65 nm
FeaturesPureVideo HD, HybridPower, 
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement15.07.2008
InformationMXM 3
Link to Manufacturer


3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 29179     avg: 29830     median: 29829.5 (16%)     max: 30480 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings +
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06
min: 9320     avg: 9502     median: 9501.5 (13%)     max: 9683 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 +
- 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
92  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
52  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
33  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Crysis - GPU Benchmark925233
< 30 fps
< 60 fps
< 120 fps
≥ 120 fps




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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 GTS graphics card

Gateway P-7808u: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000, 17.00", 4.1 kg
  External Review » Gateway P-7808u

Gateway FX P-7805u: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 17.00", 4.1 kg
  External Review » Gateway FX P-7805u

Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300, 17.00", 4.5 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708

Gateway P-7805u: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 17.00", 4.4 kg
  External Review » Gateway P-7805u

Packard Bell iPower GX-M-002GE : Intel Core 2 Duo T9400, 17.00", 4.2 kg
  External Review » Packard Bell iPower GX-M-002GE

Gateway P-7801u : Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 17.00", 3.8 kg
  External Review » Gateway P-7801u

Gateway P-7811FX : Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 17.00", 4.2 kg
  External Review » Gateway P-7811FX

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