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NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX is an entry level dedicated laptop graphics card presented in 2011. It is based on the GF119 like the GT 520M, but features a higher core and shader clock rate. Using DDR3, the 64 Bit memory bus may become a bottleneck of 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 already manufactured with optimized transistors. As a difference the amount of raster-operation-processors (ROP) stayed the same counting 4. The GF119 is the smalles chip of the Fermi generation and is used for low end laptops.

Performance

As an entry level card, the GT 520MX has to compete against the Intel HD Graphics 3000 in the current Sandy Bridge processors. Due to the higher clock speeds, the MX should be faster than the GT 520M which was only slightly faster than the HD 3000 but clearly still beyond the faster GT 525M. Therefore demanding games like Crysis 2 or Mafia 2 run only in lowest detail and resolutions fluently. Less demanding games lik Fifa 11 or Sims 3 should be playable even in high detail settings.

Features

As the other 500M series chips, the 520MX 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 without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The GT520MX 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 520MX can be of help in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can considerably faster encode videos 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 wont be sufficient for this.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GT 500M Series

GeForce GT 555M

144 @ 525 - 753 (Boost) MHz128/192 Bit @ 785-900 MHz

GeForce GT 550M

96 @ 740 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz

GeForce GT 540M

96 @ 672 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz

GeForce GT 525M

96 @ 600 MHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
GeForce GT 520MX 48 @ 900 MHz64 Bit @ 900 MHz

GeForce GT 520M

48 @ 740 / 600 MHz64 / 128 Bit @ 800 / 900 MHz
CodenameN12P-GVR
ArchitectureFermi
Pipelines48 - unified
Core Speed *900 MHz
Shader Speed *1800 MHz
Memory Speed *900 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
technology40 nm
FeaturesVerde Drivers, CUDA, Optimus, DirectCompute, OpenCL, DirectX11, OpenGL 4.1
Date of Announcement30.05.2011
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 593      avg: 596.5 (3%)     median: 596.5 (3%)     max: 600 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 658      avg: 666 (4%)     median: 666 (4%)     max: 674 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 2179      avg: 2200.5 (4%)     median: 2200.5 (4%)     max: 2222 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 2558      avg: 2619.5 (5%)     median: 2619.5 (5%)     max: 2681 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 5235      avg: 5597.8 (15%)     median: 5580.5 (15%)     max: 5995 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 13717      avg: 13769 (9%)     median: 13782 (9%)     max: 13808 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 18.44      avg: 18.5 (15%)     median: 18.5 (15%)     max: 18.5 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 6.5      avg: 6.5 (82%)     median: 6.5 (82%)     max: 6.5 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 4.5      avg: 4.6 (58%)     median: 4.5 (57%)     max: 4.7 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.

Dishonored
low 1024x768
13.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
15.4  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
15.2  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
World of Tanks v8
low 1024x768
42.6  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
15.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
13  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
146  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
97  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
52  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
39  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
34  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
30  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Borderlands 2
low 1024x768
33  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
25.3  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
20  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Counter-Strike: GO
low 1024x768
75  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
68  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
38  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Sleeping Dogs
low 1024x768
41  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
30.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
10.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Risen 2: Dark Waters
low 1024x768
20.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
14  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
10.8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Mass Effect 3
low 1280x720
36.1  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
25.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
54.2 55.3 ~ 55 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
20.7 21.2 ~ 21 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
12.7 13 ~ 13 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
low 1280x720
31.3 31.4 ~ 31 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
21.8 22 ~ 22 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
14 16.8 ~ 15 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Battlefield 3
low 1024x768
11.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
10.5  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
218  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
107  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
86  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
66  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
47  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
27  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Deus Ex Human Revolution
low 1024x768
62.6  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
26.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
101.2  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
41.4  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
27  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..