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NVIDIA GeForce 610M

The NVIDIA GeForce 610M is an entry level dedicated laptop graphics card and based on the same GF119 chip like the Geforce GT 520MGeForce GT 520MX and Geforce 710M. The clock rates can be up to 900MHz like the 520MX but also variants with lower clocks than the GT 520M can be found (e.g. Acer Aspire 5750G wat 672 MHz). Using DDR3, the 64 Bit memory bus may become a bottleneck for the graphics card.

Architecture

The GF119 offers 48 ALUs, 8 texture units and a 64 Bit memory interface for DDR3-VRAM. Therefore, it is similar to a half GF108 (GeForce GT 540M) but is manufactured with optimized transistors. As a difference the amount of raster-operation-processors (ROP) stayed the same at 4. The GF119 is the smallest chip of the Fermi generation and is used for low-end laptops.

Performance

As an entry level card, the (GT) 610M has to compete against the Intel HD Graphics 3000 and HD Graphics 4000. The performance depends on the chip clock speeds of the 610M and therefore ranges between the GeForce GT 520M and GT 520MX. Therefore demanding games like Crysis 2 or Mafia 2 run fluently only in the lowest detail and resolutions. Less demanding games like Fifa 11 or Sims 3 should be playable even in high detail settings.

Features

Like 500M series chips, the 610M supports Bitstream HD Audio (Blu-Ray) output via HDMI. That means the card is able to transfer Dolby True HD and DTS-HD bitstream-wise to a HiFi receiver without quality loss.

The 610M offers the PureVideo HD technology for video decoding. The included Video Processor 5 (VP5) supports feature set D and therefore the GPU is able to fully decode MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2 (MPEG-4 ASP - e.g., DivX or Xvid), VC-1/WMV9, and H.264 (VLD, IDCT, Motion Compensation, and Deblocking). Compared to the older VP4, the VP5 offers faster decodes at lower power, HD-to-SD transcodes and 4K x 4K resolution H.264 decode support.

Furthermore, the GPU is able to decode two 1080p streams simultaneously (e.g. for Blu-Ray Picture-in-Picture).

Through CUDA, OpenCL, and DirectCompute 2.1 support, the GeForce GT 610M can be of help in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can encode videos considerably faster than a fast CPU can. Furthermore, physics calculations can be theoretically done by the GPU using PhysX (e.g. supported by Mafia 2 or Metro 2033) but the performance will not be sufficient for this.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce 600M Series
GeForce 610M 48 @ 672 - 900 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
CodenameN13M-GE
ArchitectureFermi
Pipelines48 - unified
Core Speed *672 - 900 (Boost) MHz
Shader Speed *1344 - 1800 MHz
Memory Speed *1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistors585 Million
technology40 nm
Date of Announcement06.12.2011
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
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min: 459      avg: 512.8 (2%)     median: 507.5 (2%)     max: 577 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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min: 525      avg: 585.8 (3%)     median: 582 (3%)     max: 654 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
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min: 1563      avg: 1880.3 (4%)     median: 1930 (4%)     max: 2148 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
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min: 1947      avg: 2237.8 (5%)     median: 2210 (5%)     max: 2584 Points
3DMark 06
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min: 4333      avg: 4603.8 (12%)     median: 4598 (12%)     max: 4886 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
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min: 8239      avg: 8276 (22%)     median: 8276 (22%)     max: 8313 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
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min: 11688      avg: 11784 (8%)     median: 11784 (8%)     max: 11880 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
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min: 7.1      avg: 7.7 (4%)     median: 7.6 (4%)     max: 8.4 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
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min: 4357      avg: 7243.3 (28%)     median: 8117 (31%)     max: 9256 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
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min: 13.37      avg: 14.6 (12%)     median: 14.5 (12%)     max: 16.14 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
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min: 3912      avg: 5030.5 (34%)     median: 5053 (35%)     max: 6104 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
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min: 6.3      avg: 6.4 (74%)     median: 6.5 (74%)     max: 6.5 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
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min: 4      avg: 4.9 (56%)     median: 4.5 (51%)     max: 6.5 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.

Star Wars: The Old Republic
low 1024x768
42.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
12.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
36 41.4 49 ~ 42 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
16.1 20 24 ~ 20 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
9 10.1 12 ~ 10 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
low 1280x720
25.5  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
16.9  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
11.1  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
CoD: Modern Warfare 3
low 1024x768
85.5  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
34.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
19.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Battlefield 3
low 1024x768
19  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
12.5  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
167.8 182 ~ 175 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
81.7 93 ~ 87 fps      Compare
high 1360x768
56.9 68 ~ 62 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
75  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
38  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
21  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Deus Ex Human Revolution
low 1024x768
52 53 ~ 53 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
20 22 ~ 21 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
86  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
34.6  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
22  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
low 800x600
29.7  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
20.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
14.6  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
low 800x600
63.5  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
40.3  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
30.4  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
33.2  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
24.8  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
20.4  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
StarCraft 2
low 1024x768
132 136.7 ~ 134 fps      Compare
med. 1360x768