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NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M is a DirectX 11 graphics card of the middle class. It is based on the Kepler architecture and manufactured by TSMC in a 28-nanometer process. In addition to an older version with the GK107 chip (384 shader, 810 - 895 MHz, 128 bit memory), there also exist models with the new GK208 (384 shader, up to 980 MHz plus boost, 64 bit memory). Both versions usually use DDR3 memory; however, GDDR5 versions are possible, too.

Architecture

Both GK107 and GK208 are based on the Kepler architecture and offer two shader blocks, called SMX, each with 192 shaders for a total of 384 shader cores. The shaders are clocked at the same speed as the rest of the chip. Although more shader cores are available in the Kepler architecture as compared to the Fermi design, the Kepler shaders are much more efficient. However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip are as fast as one shader of a Fermi chip even though Fermi shaders are clocked at twice the speed.

PCIe 3.0 is now supported by the mobile Kepler series and an optional Turbo mode 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

The gaming performance of the GeForce GT 740M depends on the used chip. Our benchmarks with a GK107 version show a performance just 10 percent below the GT 650M. Current games (as of 2013) can thus be played in medium to high settings. In older titles, there are also reserves for additional quality features like AA and AF. The GK208 version, however, performs significantly worse and is sometimes even below the GT 640M. Still, the performance depends on the core clock and the GPU Boost 2.0. Detailed benchmarks can be found further down on this page.

Features

The feature set of the GT 740M corresponds to the GT 730M. This includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can now be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a if available. HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) (also integrated in the GK107 core) offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another feature is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed via the NVENCI API.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GT 740M should be similar to the GT 730M. As a result, the Nvidia GPU is best suited for multimedia notebooks 14-inches in size or greater.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GT 700M Series

GeForce GT 755M SLI

768 @ 980 MHz128 Bit @ 5400 MHz

GeForce GT 750M SLI

768 @ 967 MHz128 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
CodenameN14P-GV2, ...
ArchitectureKepler
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed *810 - 980 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed *1600 - 1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption33 Watt
Transistors1300 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement01.03.2013
* 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 (100%)     median: 99.6 (100%)     max: 99.6 Points
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 37.76      avg: 50.5 (38%)     median: 53 (40%)     max: 57.14 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
0% 100%
min: 60      avg: 60 (100%)     median: 60 (100%)     max: 60 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 - T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 112      avg: 112 (17%)     median: 112 (17%)     max: 112 fps
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 997      avg: 1148.7 (10%)     median: 1150.5 (10%)     max: 1336 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 6634      avg: 7453.1 (10%)     median: 7403 (10%)     max: 9724 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 36514      avg: 43155.3 (16%)     median: 45107 (17%)     max: 47845 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 39641      avg: 63609.8 (8%)     median: 62061 (8%)     max: 83880 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 14.5      avg: 14.5 (20%)     median: 14.5 (20%)     max: 14.5 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 14.2      avg: 15.7 (11%)     median: 14.4 (10%)     max: 18.6 fps
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
0% 100%
min: 509      avg: 509 (9%)     median: 509 (9%)     max: 509 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 254      avg: 254 (17%)     median: 254 (17%)     max: 254 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 455      avg: 455 (18%)     median: 455 (18%)     max: 455 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1687      avg: 1984.7 (12%)     median: 1848 (12%)     max: 5478 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1786      avg: 1939.1 (15%)     median: 1940 (15%)     max: 2238 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4936      avg: 5735.2 (12%)     median: 5459 (12%)     max: 7316 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 5639      avg: 6516.5 (17%)     median: 6591 (17%)     max: 8605 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 8237      avg: 9811.2 (33%)     median: 9700 (32%)     max: 12832 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 14401      avg: 16695.5 (45%)     median: 16695.5 (45%)     max: 18990 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 24329      avg: 25447.5 (17%)     median: 25447.5 (17%)     max: 26566 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 17.2      avg: 19.4 (10%)     median: 18.5 (10%)     max: 23.4 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 4769      avg: 6982.2 (27%)     median: 6543 (25%)     max: 15400 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2.22      avg: 3.6 (6%)     median: 3.6 (6%)     max: 5.05 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.1      avg: 1.3 (2%)     median: 1.4 (2%)     max: 1.55 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 9.1      avg: 10.7 (16%)     median: 10.8 (17%)     max: 12.01 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.16      avg: 1.3 (7%)     median: 1.3 (7%)     max: 1.36 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 10.47      avg: 11.3 (10%)     median: 10.7 (10%)     max: 13.09 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 13.61      avg: 16.1 (20%)     median: 16 (20%)     max: 18.66 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 10.11      avg: 15.3 (19%)     median: 15.1 (19%)     max: 21.01 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7.21      avg: 9.1 (13%)     median: 9.5 (14%)     max: 10.29 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 23.1      avg: 37.7 (34%)     median: 40.4 (37%)     max: 45.35 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 3459      avg: 6281.5 (52%)     median: 6522 (54%)     max: 6828 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 6.6      avg: 6.7 (85%)     median: 6.8 (86%)     max: 6.8 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 4.5      avg: 5.2 (65%)     median: 5.2 (66%)     max: 5.8 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.

F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
115  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
81  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
47  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
28  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
The Evil Within
low 1024x768
25.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
16.7  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
9.4  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Ryse: Son of Rome
low 1024x768
24.1  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
15.5  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
7.1  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
6.8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Alien: Isolation
low 1024x768
49.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
33  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
16.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
12  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
low 1280x720
30.4  fps      Compare
med. 1344x756
19.3  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
10.6  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
7.9  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 15

Fifa 15

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

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
128.2  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
65.6  fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
32.8  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
23.3  fps      Compare