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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 9800M GT Mobility Radeon HD 3870 x2
Doom Eternal 1355% 947%
Half-Life: Alyx 2063% 1456%
Cyberpunk 2077 1863% 1312%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 1275% 889%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2083% 1471%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 1275% 889%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1863% 1312%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 1275% 889%
Minecraft RTX 2463% 1744%
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 1224% 853%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3870 x2 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 9800M GT.

The Radeon HD was released less than a year after the GeForce 9800M GT, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD has 512 MB more video memory than the GeForce 9800M GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon HD also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon HD has 57.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 9800M GT, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD is much better than the GeForce 9800M GT.

The GeForce 9800M GT has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Mobility Radeon HD 3870 x2 has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9800M GT is 120 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD is 275. The Radeon HD having 155 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 9800M GT.

The GeForce 9800M GT requires 65 Watts to run and the Mobility Radeon HD 3870 x2 requires 110 Watts. The Radeon HD requires 45 Watts more than the GeForce 9800M GT to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon HD may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce 9800M GT.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs660 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
OC Potential - vs None
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Jul 2008vs01 Sep 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory512 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs1700 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth51.2GB/secvs108.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs640
Actual Shader Performance6%vs13%
Texture Mapping Units-vs-
Texture Rate-vs-
Render Output Units-vs-
Pixel Rate-vs-

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs110 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.1
Open GL2.1vs2.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

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Recommended RAM--
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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewNVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT GPUs deliver optimized performance for immersive gaming on-the-go. Powering the next generation of visual computing, blazing-fast mobile gaming, and the ultimate HD experience with PureVideo HD technology. This product is also enabled for CUDA applications and is NVIDIA PhysX-ready.The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 Series of discrete graphics allow you to experience the power of HD with graphics processing designed for how you work and play. Advance to the next generation of HD game performance and lifelike realism thanks to Microsoft DirectX 10.1 capabilities and PCI Express 2.0 support for fast throughput and superior overall system performance. Watch the latest Blu-ray and HD-DVD videos in full-HD 1080p image resolution off your graphics processor and reduce demands on your CPU. Enjoy breakthrough energy efficiency with superb performance-per-watt delivering exceptional battery life.
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