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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game GeForce GTS 250M GeForce 9800M GT
Red Dead Redemption 2 1319% 1329%
Doom Eternal 1120% 1128%
Cyberpunk 2077 1850% 1863%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1319% 1329%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 775% 781%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1850% 1863%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1850% 1863%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2068% 2083%
Need For Speed Heat 1319% 1329%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 45% 45%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTS 250M are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce 9800M GT.

The GeForce GTS 250M 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 GeForce GTS 250M 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 GeForce GTS 250M also has superior memory performance overall.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTS 250M and the GeForce 9800M GT are the same, which means the GeForce GTS 250M and the GeForce 9800M GT have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the GeForce GTS 250M and the GeForce 9800M GT have 96 Shader Processing Units. The two GPUs are based on different architectures, but deliver an equivalent shader performance. To compare, we must continue to look at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, we sadly do not have enough data in this area to complete the comparison.

The GeForce GTS 250M transistor size technology is 25 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 9800M GT. This means that the GeForce GTS 250M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 9800M GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce GTS 250M should consume less power than the GeForce 9800M GT.

The GeForce GTS 250M requires 28 Watts to run and the GeForce 9800M GT requires 65 Watts. The GeForce 9800M GT requires 37 Watts more than the GeForce GTS 250M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce 9800M GT may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTS 250M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs500 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla GT215-N10E-GE-A2G92
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2009vs01 Jul 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth51.2GB/secvs51.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB green tick vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs96
Actual Shader Performance6%vs6%
Texture Mapping Units32vs-
Texture Rate16 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate4 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs-
DVI Connections2vs-
HDMI Connections1vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power28 Wattsvs65 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs4.0
Open GL3.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM--
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution--

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTS 250M is a fast-middle-class GPU based on the second shader unified architecture.
It's based on the GT 215 Core and offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 8 ROPs on a 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5, although DDR3 is also supported. The central unit runs at 500MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 800MHz.
Despite featuring a 500MHz central unit, most GT 250M variants were underclocked (450MHz vs 500MHz).
Today's modern demanding games can be played at medium settings smoothly, using a 720p resolution. Beware that DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
NVIDIA 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.
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