NVIDIA GeForce 315M

The Nvidia GeForce 315M is an entry level graphics card for laptops and technically a sligthly lower clocked GeForce 310M. It is also based on the GT218 core that was introduced with the G 210M.

The performance of the 315M is similar to the GeForce 310M / G 210M and therefore located in the entry level class. Modern 3D games like COD Modern Warfare 2 run only in low details and resolutions fluently. Some demanding games like NFS Shift or GTA4 wont run fluently at all. Less demanding games like SIMS 3 run in medium details and resolutions fluently. Therefore, the graphics card can not be recommended for gamers.

The card supports DirectX 10.1 and all the features of the G 210M. Therefore PureVideo HD to decode HD videos with the graphics card is supported. The used Video Processor 4 (VP4) is able to fully decode H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and also MPEG-4 ASP (DivX or xVID) in hardware to minimize CPU load. MPEG-1 is not supported but can be easily handled by every modern CPU.

As the 315M supports CUDA, DirectX Compute 10.1, and OpenCL, the shaders of the graphics processor can be used for other tasks than rendering images (e.g. faster encoding of videos).

The used GT218 core is manufactured in 40nm and based on the desktop GTX 200 architecture. Therefore, the shaders have been reworked compared to the old GeForce G110M for an improved performance and battery runtime.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce 300M Series

GeForce 320M

32 @ 450MHz

GeForce 310M

16 @ 606 / 625MHz64 Bit @ 800MHz
GeForce 315M 16 @ 606MHz64 Bit @ 790MHz

GeForce 305M

16 @ 525MHz64 Bit @ 700MHz
CodenameN11M-GE
ArchitectureGT2xx
Pipelines16 - unified
Core Speed *606 MHz
Shader Speed *1212 MHz
Memory Speed *790 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3, DDR3
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Transistors260 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, HybridPower
Date of Announcement01.12.2010
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 861      avg: 864.5 (2%)     median: 864.5 (2%)     max: 868 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 1104      avg: 1108.5 (3%)     median: 1108.5 (3%)     max: 1113 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 3247      avg: 3267 (11%)     median: 3267 (11%)     max: 3287 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 7073      avg: 7076.5 (19%)     median: 7076.5 (19%)     max: 7080 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 10163      avg: 10325.5 (7%)     median: 10325.5 (7%)     max: 10488 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 14749      avg: 14749 (24%)     median: 14749 (24%)     max: 14749 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 7.76      avg: 8.1 (7%)     median: 8.1 (7%)     max: 8.48 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 5.9      avg: 5.9 (75%)     median: 5.9 (75%)     max: 5.9 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 4.6      avg: 4.8 (60%)     median: 4.8 (60%)     max: 4.9 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

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 detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
33.6  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
15.6  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
58.4  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
20.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce 315M graphics card

Samsung RC510-S01DE: Intel Core i3 380M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
  Review » Review Samsung RC510-S01DE Notebook

Samsung RV511-S02: Intel Core i3 380M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
  Review » Review Samsung RV511-S02 Notebook

Lenovo Ideapad V370: Intel Core i7 2620M, 13.3", 1.7 kg
  External Review » Lenovo Ideapad V370

Samsung RC508-S01: Intel Core i5 480M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC508-S01

Samsung RC510-S01DE: Intel Core i3 380M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC510-S01DE

Samsung RC510-S03UK: Intel Core i3 380M, 15.6", 2.5 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC510-S03UK

Samsung RC510-S04PL: Intel Core i3 380M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC510-S04PL

Samsung RC510-S07DE: Intel Core i5 480M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC510-S07DE

Samsung RC710-S02UK: Intel Core i5 480M, 17.3", 2.9 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC710-S02UK

Samsung RC710-S04DE: Intel Core i5 480M, 17.3", 2.9 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC710-S04DE

Samsung RV511-S01: Intel Core i3 380M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Samsung RV511-S01

Samsung RV511-S02: Intel Core i3 380M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Samsung RV511-S01

Samsung RV709-S01RS: Intel Pentium P6200, 17.3", 2.7 kg
  External Review » Samsung RV709-S01RS

Toshiba Satellite C670-131: Intel Pentium P6200, 17.3", 2.9 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite C670-131

» Comparison of GPUs
Detailled list of all laptop GPUs with a short description. Classified and sorted by performance.

» Benchmark List
Sortable and restrainable list of all GPUs with benchmarks (e.g. 3DMarks).

» Notebook Gaming List
Which game can be played with my graphics card.

Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
PowerVR GX6650 *
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-01-16)