GT 640M LE vs GTS 160M

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NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 600
  • Max video memory 1 GB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed Up to 800MHz
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
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  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed Up to 500 MHz
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type DDR3\DDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1800 - 4000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 310$
Games supported 57%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating811812
Value for money0.100.08
ArchitectureG9x (2007−2010)Fermi / Kepler (2012)
GPU code nameN10E-GS1N13P-LP
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date2 March 2009
(13 years old)
22 March 2012
(10 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)no data$849.99
Current price$230 $310 (0.4x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores64384
CUDA cores64Up to 384
Core clock speed600 MHzUp to 500 MHz
Number of transistors505 million585 million
Manufacturing process technology55 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)60 Watt20 Watt
Texture fill rate19 billion/secUp to 16.0 billion/sec
Floating-point performance192 gflops384.0 gflops
Gigaflops288no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTS 160M and GeForce GT 640M LE compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelargemedium sized
Bus supportPCI-E 2.0PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 2.0 x16
SLI options2-wayno data
MXM TypeMXM 3.0 Type-Bno data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR3DDR3\DDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GB2 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit128bit
Memory clock speedUp to 800 MHz1800 - 4000 MHz
Memory bandwidth51 GB/sUp to 28.8 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsVGADisplayPortDual Link DVIHDMILVDSSingle Link DVINo outputs
HDMI++
HDCPno data+
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536Up to 2048x1536
Audio input for HDMIS/PDIFno data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

3D Blu-Rayno data+
Optimusno data+
Power management8.0no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX11.1 (10_0)12 API
Shader Model4.05.1
OpenGL2.14.5
OpenCL1.11.1
VulkanN/AN/A
CUDA++

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTS 160M 1.72
GT 640M LE 1.72
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTS 160M 678
+0.1%
GT 640M LE 677

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTS 160M 3965
GT 640M LE 5788
+46%

GeForce GT 640M LE outperforms GeForce GTS 160M by 46% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTS 160M and GeForce GT 640M LE. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) no data 14 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900pno data19
Full HDno data21

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
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Battlefield 5 1−2
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
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Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
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Forza Horizon 4 2−3
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Red Dead Redemption 2 3−4
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
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Battlefield 5 1−2
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
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Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
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Forza Horizon 4 2−3
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Metro Exodus 3−4
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Red Dead Redemption 2 3−4
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 4−5
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
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Battlefield 5 1−2
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Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
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Forza Horizon 4 2−3
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 4−5
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4−5
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Hitman 3 0−1 0−1
Horizon Zero Dawn 2−3
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Metro Exodus 3−4
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Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
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Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
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Far Cry 5 1−2
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Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 0−1
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2−3
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Hitman 3 1−2
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Horizon Zero Dawn 2−3
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Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2
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Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
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Far Cry 5 3−4
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Far Cry New Dawn 7−8
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Forza Horizon 4 0−1 0−1
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
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Advantages and disadvantages


Recency 2 March 2009 22 March 2012
Memory bus width 256 128
Pipelines / CUDA cores 64 384
Chip lithography 55 nm 28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 60 Watt 20 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 160M
GeForce GTS 160M

and

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
GeForce GT 640M LE

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce GTS 160M by AMD

The nearest GeForce GTS 160M's AMD equivalent is Radeon HD 8730M, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our performance rating.

AMD Radeon HD 8730M Radeon HD 8730M
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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTS 160M:

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Competitors of GeForce GT 640M LE by AMD

The nearest GeForce GT 640M LE's AMD equivalent is Radeon HD 8730M, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our performance rating.

AMD Radeon HD 8730M Radeon HD 8730M
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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GT 640M LE:

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