NVIDIA NVS 5400M

NVIDIA NVS 5400M

The NVIDIA NVS 5400M is a middle-class graphics card for laptops and is based on the consumer GeForce GT 630M / 540M chip but with lower clock rates. At its core, the NVS 5400M is a 40nm GF108 Fermi chip with DirectX 11 support. The NVS series of mobile graphics cards is optimized for business applications (such as CAD or DCC) and stability.

More details on the GF108 architecture can be found on the dedicated page of the GeForce GT 435M.

Performance

The performance of the NVS 5400M is slightly below the GeForce GT 630M due to the reduced core clock (660 MHz, 800 MHz Turbo). Nevertheless, most games of 2012 run fluently in medium detail settings.

Features

A novelty of the GF104, GF106 and GF108 chips is the support for Bitstream HD Audio (Blu-Ray) via HDMI. Similar to the Radeon HD 5730, the NVS 5400M can transfer Dolby True HD and DTS-HD bitstream without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The NVS5400M offers PureVideo HD technology for video decoding using the GPU. The integrated Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports feature set C and 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). 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 NVS 5400M can assist in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can encode videos considerably faster than can a modern CPU. Furthermore, physics calculations can be done by the GPU using PhysX (supported in Mafia 2 and Metro 2033). However, the GPU is generally not powerful enough to support both PhysX and high detail game settings at reasonable frame rates.

The power consumption of the graphics card should be similar to the GeForce GT 435M and is therefore suited for 15" or larger laptops. If idle, the chip is clocked at approximately 50/101/137 MHz (chip/shader/memory, respectively) in 2D mode and at 202/405/324 MHz in 3D mode to save power. Furthermore, the Fermi chip supports Optimus to automatically switch between the integrated Intel graphics card and the Nvidia GPU. The implementation of Optimus, however, is dependent on the laptop manufacturer.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
NVS 5000M Series
NVS 5400M 96 @ 660MHz128 Bit @ 1800MHz

NVS 5200M

96 @ 625MHz64 Bit @ 1800MHz
CodenameN13P-NS1
ArchitectureFermi
Pipelines96 - unified
Core Speed *660 MHz
Shader Speed *1320 MHz
Memory Speed *1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption35 Watt
technology40 / 28 nm
FeaturesOptimus Support, PureVideo HD VP4, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play, Bitstream HD Audio, CUDA, DirectCompute, OpenCL, OpenGL 4.0, DirectX 11
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement01.06.2012
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1258      avg: 1260.5 (10%)     median: 1260.5 (10%)     max: 1263 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1113      avg: 1119 (7%)     median: 1119 (7%)     max: 1125 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 5190      avg: 5197.5 (14%)     median: 5197.5 (14%)     max: 5205 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4385      avg: 4406.5 (10%)     median: 4406.5 (10%)     max: 4428 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 9170      avg: 9192.5 (31%)     median: 9192.5 (31%)     max: 9215 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 18021      avg: 18136 (49%)     median: 18136 (49%)     max: 18251 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 22733      avg: 22844 (15%)     median: 22844 (15%)     max: 22955 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 5487      avg: 5676.5 (22%)     median: 5676.5 (22%)     max: 5866 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 4.53      avg: 4.5 (7%)     median: 4.5 (7%)     max: 4.54 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 11.28      avg: 11.3 (19%)     median: 11.3 (19%)     max: 11.31 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 12.58      avg: 13.7 (17%)     median: 13.7 (17%)     max: 14.77 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7.9      avg: 8.9 (8%)     median: 8.9 (8%)     max: 9.99 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.15      avg: 1.2 (6%)     median: 1.2 (6%)     max: 1.2 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7.86      avg: 8.2 (13%)     median: 8.2 (13%)     max: 8.53 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 0.88      avg: 0.9 (1%)     median: 0.9 (1%)     max: 0.91 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2.32      avg: 2.3 (4%)     median: 2.3 (4%)     max: 2.32 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 27.79      avg: 28 (25%)     median: 28 (25%)     max: 28.12 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 5647      avg: 6012 (52%)     median: 6012 (52%)     max: 6377 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 5.1      avg: 5.1 (65%)     median: 5.1 (65%)     max: 5.1 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 6.7      avg: 6.7 (85%)     median: 6.7 (85%)     max: 6.7 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.

Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 (2012)
low:
40  fps      Compare
med.:
37  fps      Compare
high:
13  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Dirt Showdown
low:
78 83 ~ 81 fps      Compare
med.:
52.1 60 ~ 56 fps      Compare
high:
32.2 35 ~ 34 fps      Compare
ultra:
12  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Diablo III
Diablo III (2012)
low:
103  fps      Compare
med.:
67  fps      Compare
high:
58  fps      Compare
ultra:
35  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Risen 2: Dark Waters
low:
36  fps      Compare
med.:
24  fps      Compare
high:
19  fps      Compare
ultra:
9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Mass Effect 3
low:
60  fps      Compare
high:
41  fps      Compare
ultra:
25  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Alan Wake
Alan Wake (2012)
low:
32  fps      Compare
med.:
19.9  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Anno 2070
Anno 2070 (2011)
low:
96 96 ~ 96 fps      Compare
med.:
37 38.8 ~ 38 fps      Compare
high:
24 24.6 ~ 24 fps      Compare
ultra:
12  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
low:
53  fps      Compare
med.:
36  fps      Compare
high:
28  fps      Compare
ultra:
14  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
CoD: Modern Warfare 3
low:
157  fps      Compare
med.:
80  fps      Compare
high:
43  fps      Compare
ultra:
25  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Battlefield 3
low:
40  fps      Compare
med.:
27  fps      Compare
high:
21  fps      Compare
ultra:
8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Batman: Arkham City
low:
45  fps      Compare
med.:
40  fps      Compare
high:
21  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
F1 2011
F1 2011 (2011)
low:
79  fps      Compare
med.:
46  fps      Compare
high:
44  fps      Compare