The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 160M is a laptop graphics card based on the GeForce 9800M GTS (G94b core) and is produced in 55nm. Due to the smaller fabrication process, the power consumption is reduced to the level of the 9800M GS (60 Watt TDP) and is more suited for 15" laptops.

As with all DirectX 10 cards, the GeForce GTX 160M renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". Dedicated pixel- and vertex shaders have been completely replaced with 64 so-called Stream Processors, which take over most of the graphics workload. Furthermore, the shader units are clocked higher than the GPU core itself.

As the GTX 160M is just a die shrink, the performance is comparable to the GeForce 9800M GTS. For 2009 DirectX 10 games like Crysis, World in Conflict, Bioshock or Age of Conan, the performance of this graphics card is sufficient for medium to high detail settings. Models include VRAM  up to 1024 MB GDDR3.

The GeForce GTS 100M series also includes the integrated PureVideo HD video processor. The 160M GPU is thus able to decode H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 HD material, thus freeing the CPU for other tasks.

HybridPower is a Windows Vista-only technique for switching between the integrated and discrete GPUs for power-saving purposes. The feature was eventually supplanted by Optimus, which can provide smoother automatic graphics switching through drivers. GeForceBoost is not supported with this card as there would be no performance gain from combining with the integrated GPU.

The total power consumption of up to 60 Watts means the 160M is more suited for notebooks with relatively powerful cooling solutions.

Compared with Desktop graphics cards, the performance of the 160M is most similar to the GeForce 8800 GT, although the latter is still slightly faster due to its higher memory clock speeds.

GeForce GTS 100M Series
GeForce GTS 160M 64 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce GTS 150M compare 64 @ 0.4 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
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistor Count504 Million
technology55 nm
FeaturesPureVideo HD, HybridPower, 
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement02.03.2009
InformationMXM 3


3DMark Vantage
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3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
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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
121.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
67  fps    + Compare
high 1280x1024
42.2  fps    + Compare
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

low 640x480
141.6  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
103  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

low 1024x768
88  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
51  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
34  fps    + Compare
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Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

low 1024x768
108  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
52  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
33  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

high 1024x768
242.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2016-01-26)