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NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M is an entry-level, DirectX 11 compatible graphics card that has been announced in spring 2013. Its core is based on the 28nm GF117 chip (Fermi architecture) with 64-bit DDR3 memory. Compared to the 710M, the GT 720M is clocked slightly higher.

Architecture

The GF117 is based on the optimized GF108 Fermi chip (GeForce GT 540M) and offers 96 shaders, 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs. Each shader core is clocked twice as fast as the rest of the graphics chip, a technique known as hot clocking. More detailed information on Fermi can be found on the GT 435M GPU page.

It should be noted that the GF117 does not offer dedicated graphic ports and can therefore only be used in conjunction with Optimus. 

The GT 720M supports GPU Boost 2.0, which can automatically overclock the card if the laptop cooling system allows it. This feature is available on any notebook with a graphics card of the 700M series.

Performance

Depending on the clock rates, the 3D performance of the GeForce GT 720M is somewhat above the old GT 620M, but clearly below the GT 630M in most cases. This is due to the 64 bit memory interface, which limits the performance noticeably. In comparison to the competition, the 720M offers a performance similar to the HD Graphics 4400/4600 or Radeon HD 8570M. Overall, the card is placed in the lower performance segment. Current games (as of 2013) will run fluently only in low settings.

Features

The shader cores (also called CUDA cores) can be used for general calculations with APIs such as CUDA, DirectCompute 2.1 and OpenCL. PhysX is theoretically possible, but the GT 720M is too slow to handle both PhysX and 3D rendering in modern games. 3D Vision is not supported according to Nvidia.

Power consumption

The power consumption of the Geforce GT 720M should be relativly high (approximately 25 W), according to the high clock rates. As a result, the GPU is best suited for notebooks 14-15 inches in size or greater.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GT 700M Series

GeForce GT 755M SLI

768 @ 980 MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5400 MHz

GeForce GT 750M SLI

768 @ 967 MHz2x 128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000 MHz

GeForce GT 755M

384 @ 980 MHz128 Bit @ 5400 MHz

GeForce GT 750M

384 @ 967 MHz128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000 MHz

GeForce GT 745M

384 @ 837 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz

GeForce GT 740M

384 @ 810 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1600 - 1800 MHz

GeForce GT 735M

384 @ 575 - 889 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz

GeForce GT 730M

384 @ 725 MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
GeForce GT 720M 96 @ 625 - 938 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
CodenameN14M-GE
ArchitectureFermi
Pipelines96 - unified
Core Speed *625 - 938 (Boost) MHz
Shader Speed *1250 - 1876 MHz
Memory Speed *1800 - 2000 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
technology28 nm
FeaturesPhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, Play, Optimus, GPU Boost 2.0
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement01.04.2013
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Ref. Match 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 99.6      avg: 99.6 (10%)     median: 99.6 (10%)     max: 99.6 Points
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 32.82      avg: 35.7 (24%)     median: 36 (24%)     max: 37.77 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
0% 100%
min: 48      avg: 48 (74%)     median: 48 (74%)     max: 48 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 50      avg: 50 (6%)     median: 50 (6%)     max: 50 fps
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 714      avg: 802.2 (5%)     median: 822 (6%)     max: 834 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Score 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 668      avg: 757 (7%)     median: 779 (7%)     max: 783 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 4812      avg: 5303.5 (6%)     median: 5426 (6%)     max: 5670 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 3819      avg: 4493.5 (16%)     median: 4522 (17%)     max: 5443 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 59694      avg: 59694 (16%)     median: 59694 (16%)     max: 59694 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 28203      avg: 28203 (8%)     median: 28203 (8%)     max: 28203 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 46704      avg: 53196 (7%)     median: 52259.5 (7%)     max: 61035 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11.6      avg: 11.6 (10%)     median: 11.6 (10%)     max: 11.6 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11.6      avg: 11.6 (7%)     median: 11.6 (7%)     max: 11.6 fps
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
0% 100%
min: 674      avg: 678.5 (8%)     median: 678.5 (8%)     max: 683 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 60      avg: 139 (9%)     median: 139 (9%)     max: 218 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 108      avg: 239 (8%)     median: 239 (8%)     max: 370 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 962      avg: 1143.4 (5%)     median: 1213 (5%)     max: 1218 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1070      avg: 1261.8 (7%)     median: 1321 (7%)     max: 1358 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 3484      avg: 3867.5 (8%)     median: 3931.5 (8%)     max: 4123 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4022      avg: 4582 (10%)     median: 4584.5 (10%)     max: 5137 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 6822      avg: 7750 (20%)     median: 7896 (21%)     max: 8415 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 12260      avg: 13951.5 (38%)     median: 13951.5 (38%)     max: 15643 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 20881      avg: 20881 (14%)     median: 20881 (14%)     max: 20881 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 15036      avg: 15036 (25%)     median: 15036 (25%)     max: 15036 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 15.1      avg: 15.1 (8%)     median: 15.1 (8%)     max: 15.1 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 4217      avg: 5703.8 (22%)     median: 5984 (23%)     max: 6630 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 3.12      avg: 3.8 (6%)     median: 3.8 (6%)     max: 4.51 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.21      avg: 1.3 (2%)     median: 1.3 (2%)     max: 1.34 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7.83      avg: 8.6 (13%)     median: 8.6 (13%)     max: 9.37 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.24      avg: 1.3 (7%)     median: 1.3 (7%)     max: 1.4 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 6.42      avg: 7.8 (7%)     median: 7.8 (7%)     max: 9.18 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 12.81      avg: 14.8 (18%)     median: 14.8 (18%)     max: 16.76 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 15.38      avg: 15.9 (16%)     median: 15.9 (16%)     max: 16.41 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 6.7      avg: 6.9 (10%)     median: 6.9 (10%)     max: 7.1 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 21.45      avg: 27.4 (22%)     median: 28.4 (23%)     max: 31.07 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 5172      avg: 5932 (41%)     median: 5824 (40%)     max: 6667 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: 5.1      avg: 5.1 (65%)     median: 5.1 (65%)     max: 5.1 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.

Civilization: Beyond Earth
low 1024x768
44.8  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
15.4  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
55  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
66  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
38  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
20  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
The Evil Within
low 1024x768
19.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
12.9  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
7.3  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Ryse: Son of Rome
low 1024x768
17.3  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
11.1  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
5.1  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Alien: Isolation
low 1024x768
38.4  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
25.6  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
13.1  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
low 1280x720
25.6  fps      Compare
med. 1344x756
15.2  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
8.7  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
5.7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

2014
low 1280x720
66  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
47.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
30.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
166.3  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
55.3  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
26.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21.5