NVIDIA Quadro K2100M

NVIDIA Quadro K2100M

The NVIDIA Quadro K2100M is a DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.3 compatible graphics card for mobile workstations. It is a Kepler-based GPU built on the GK106 chip with 576 out of 960 shader cores activated and is manufactured in 28nm at TSMC. The Quadro K2100M is built for the Intel Shark Bay generation (Haswell) and is a successor to the Quadro K2000M (Chief River platform). As a new feature, PCIe 3.0 is supported for the first time. The K2100M usually comes with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 750 MHz (3000 MHz effective, 48.0 GB/s). 

The Quadro series offers certified drivers that are optimized for stability and performance in professional applications like CAD or DCC. OpenGL performance, for example, should be significantly better than with GeForce graphics cards of similar specifications.

Architecture

The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK106 Kepler core offers five shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the K2100M, 3 of 5 blocks are active leading to the 576 CUDA cores. Although more shader cores are available in the Kepler architecture as compared to the Fermi design, the Kepler shaders are still expected to be up to twice as power efficient. However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip offer similar performance to just one shader of a Fermi chip (as the latter is clocked twice as fast).

Performance

The performance is clearly above the old Quadro K2000M, but slightly below the Quadro K3000M. This places the K2100M near the consumer GT 750M GPU. Therefore, most demanding games of 2013 will run fluently with medium or high details.

Features

The improved feature set now includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840 x 2160 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.

Using CUDA or OpenCL 1.2, the cores of the Quadro K2100M can be used for general calculations.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK106 core and 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 novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.

The power consumption of the Quadro K2100M is rated at a TGP of 55 W including the board and memory components. Therefore, the card is suited for medium-sized notebooks with 15-inch displays or greater.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
Quadro K Series

Quadro K5100M

1536 @ 771MHz256 Bit @ 3600MHz

Quadro K4100M

1152 @ 706MHz256 Bit @ 3200MHz

Quadro K5000M

1344 @ 706MHz256 Bit @ 3000MHz

Quadro K4000M

960 @ 600MHz256 Bit @ 2800MHz

Quadro K3100M

768 @ 706MHz256 Bit @ 3200MHz

Quadro K3000M

576 @ 654MHz256 Bit @ 2800MHz
Quadro K2100M 576 @ 667MHz128 Bit @ 3000MHz

Quadro K1100M

384 @ 705MHz128 Bit @ 2800MHz

Quadro K2000M

384 @ 745MHz128 Bit @ 1800MHz

Quadro K1000M

192 @ 850MHz128 Bit @ 1800MHz

Quadro K610M

192 @ 954MHz64 Bit @ 2600MHz

Quadro K510M

192 64 Bit @ 2400MHz

Quadro K500M

192 @ 850MHz64 Bit @ 1800MHz
ArchitectureKepler
Pipelines576 - unified
Core Speed *667 MHz
Memory Speed *3000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption55 Watt
Transistors2540 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, OpenCL 1.2, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement23.07.2013
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/mobile-work...
* 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: 67.76      avg: 68.2 (57%)     median: 67.8 (57%)     max: 69.05 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1554      avg: 1585.3 (13%)     median: 1586.5 (13%)     max: 1614 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 10654      avg: 11636 (15%)     median: 11910 (15%)     max: 12070 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 61659      avg: 84552.5 (11%)     median: 84967 (11%)     max: 106617 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 21.7      avg: 22 (30%)     median: 21.9 (30%)     max: 22.3 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 23.2      avg: 23.5 (16%)     median: 23.6 (16%)     max: 23.6 fps
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 67      avg: 70 (5%)     median: 68 (4%)     max: 75 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 145      avg: 150.3 (6%)     median: 146 (6%)     max: 160 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 2364      avg: 2407 (15%)     median: 2423 (15%)     max: 2434 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 2601      avg: 2637 (20%)     median: 2651 (20%)     max: 2659 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 8921      avg: 8930 (19%)     median: 8930 (19%)     max: 8939 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 10624      avg: 10648 (27%)     median: 10648 (27%)     max: 10672 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 15481      avg: 15585.7 (52%)     median: 15586 (52%)     max: 15690 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 30.8      avg: 31.4 (17%)     median: 31.4 (17%)     max: 32 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 10601      avg: 15789.5 (60%)     median: 16032.5 (61%)     max: 20492 Points
SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 22.82      avg: 29.4 (57%)     median: 29.4 (57%)     max: 36.02 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 20.74      avg: 20.8 (24%)     median: 20.8 (24%)     max: 20.86 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 10      avg: 10.2 (29%)     median: 10.2 (29%)     max: 10.49 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 2.09      avg: 4 (22%)     median: 4 (22%)     max: 5.88 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 15.95      avg: 17 (31%)     median: 17 (31%)     max: 18.1 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 0.17      avg: 0.3 (1%)     median: 0.3 (1%)     max: 0.34 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 18.85      avg: 19.7 (27%)     median: 19.7 (27%)     max: 20.47 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 19.34      avg: 20.1 (36%)     median: 20.1 (36%)     max: 20.81 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 30.39      avg: 30.9 (49%)     median: 31 (49%)     max: 31.34 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 33.86      avg: 34.6 (58%)     median: 34.5 (58%)     max: 35.36 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 42.39      avg: 44 (68%)     median: 44.2 (68%)     max: 45.41 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 16.44      avg: 18 (95%)     median: 18.2 (96%)     max: 18.97 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 51.97      avg: 52.7 (47%)     median: 52.7 (47%)     max: 53.3 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 48.97      avg: 49.9 (62%)     median: 49.9 (62%)     max: 50.89 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 24.34      avg: 27.1 (34%)     median: 27.8 (35%)     max: 28.26 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 40.87      avg: 41.8 (60%)     median: 41.8 (60%)     max: 42.66 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 56.75      avg: 57.6 (53%)     median: 57.8 (53%)     max: 58.06 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 6792      avg: 6815 (56%)     median: 6818.5 (56%)     max: 6831 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 6.9      avg: 7.1 (89%)     median: 7.1 (90%)     max: 7.1 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 5.3      avg: 6.6 (84%)     median: 7 (89%)     max: 7.1 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.

Total War: Rome II
low 1024x768
68.2 108.5 ~ 88 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
51.2 82.1 ~ 67 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
41.3 63.9 ~ 53 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
8.2 10.4 ~ 9 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Saints Row IV
low 1280x720
82  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
69  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
33  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
19  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Company of Heroes 2
low 1024x768
13.7 30.8 ~ 22 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
12.7 26.3 ~ 19 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
11.7 18.6 ~ 15 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
6.1 7.6 ~ 7 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
192  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
107  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
76  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
25  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Metro: Last Light
low 1024x768
48 55.2 ~ 52 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
37 43.3 ~ 40 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
22 24.9 ~ 23 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
11 12.9 ~ 12 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
BioShock Infinite
low 1280x720
106  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
60  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
51  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
14  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Tomb Raider
low 1024x768
104.3 133 135.8 ~ 124 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
73 74 75.2 ~ 74 fps      Compare
high 1366x768