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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9800M GT SLI GeForce GTX 480M
Cyberpunk 2077 742% 438%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 670% 392%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 645% 376%
FIFA 21 325% 171%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 645% 376%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1107% 671%
Watch Dogs Legion 712% 419%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 697% 410%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1085% 657%
Genshin Impact 742% 438%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 9800M GT SLI.

The GeForce GTX 480M was released over a year more recently than the 9800M GT, and so the GeForce GTX 480M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the 9800M GT.

The GeForce GTX 480M has 1024 MB more video memory than the 9800M GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the 9800M GT has superior memory performance.

The 9800M GT has 25.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 480M, which means that the memory performance of the 9800M GT is slightly better than the GeForce GTX 480M.

The GeForce 9800M GT SLI has 192 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 480M has 352. However, the actual shader performance of the 9800M GT is 96 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 480M is 299. The GeForce GTX 480M having 203 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 480M delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 9800M GT.

The GeForce GTX 480M transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 9800M GT. This means that the GeForce GTX 480M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 9800M GT.

The GeForce 9800M GT SLI requires 130 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 480M requires 100 Watts. The 9800M GT requires 30 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 480M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the 9800M GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GTX 480M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs425 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureG92 (x2)Fermi GF100-N11E-GTX-A3
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Jul 2008vs25 May 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - green tick vs green tick -

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs600 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth102.4GB/secvs76.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units192vs352
Actual Shader Performance5%vs14%
Texture Mapping Units-vs44
Texture Rate-vs18.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units-vs32
Pixel Rate-vs13.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power130 Wattsvs100 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL2.1vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-840QM 4-Core 1.86GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce 9800M GT SLI is a solution of two GeForce 9800M GT put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
Check the page of GeForce 9800M GT to know more about its chip.
As usual, SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, up to X% better than a single GeForce 9800M GT performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports SLI or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single GeForce 9800M GT.
A few demanding games will run at the highest settings with fluent frame rates (30+) but overall most games will require reduced settings to be played optimally.
GeForce GTX 480M is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.

The Fermi Architecture was first manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Fermi GF100-N11E-GTX-A3 which has 11 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 352 Shader Processing Units, 44 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 425MHz.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 600MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 100W, it is only suited for very large laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance identical to a desktop GeForce GTS 450.

System Suggestions
We recommend a fast processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 480M.
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