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NVIDIA Quadro K4000M

NVIDIA Quadro K4000M

The NVIDIA Quadro K4000M is a high-end, DirectX 11.1 compatible graphics card for mobile workstations. It is a Kepler-based GPU built on the GK104 chip (but using only 960 shader cores) and is manufactured in 28nm at TSMC. The Quadro K4000M is built for the Intel Chief River generation (Ivy Bridge) and is the successor to the Fermi-based Quadro 4000M (Huron River platform).

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 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 GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the K4000M, 5 blocks are active leading to the 960 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). 

PCIe 3.0 is now supported by the mobile Kepler series and an optional Turbo mode can automatically overclock the Nvidia card by a theoretical 15 percent if the laptop cooling system allows it. The implementation of this boost mode is done in the BIOS, but it is ultimately dependent upon the manufacturer of the laptop.

Performance

The performance is significantly above the level of the older Quadro 5010M and also beats the GeForce GTX 675M. Therefore, the card will manage both CAD software and demanding 3D games of 2013 in high quality settings.

Features

The improved feature set now 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) is also integrated in the GK107 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 K4000M is rated at 100 Watt (TGP according to Nvidia) and is therefore suited for large-sized notebooks 17-inches or greater.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
Quadro K Series

Quadro K5100M

1536 @ 771 MHz256 Bit @ 3600 MHz

Quadro K5000M

1344 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3000 MHz

Quadro K4100M

1152 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Quadro K4000M 960 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz

Quadro K3100M

768 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz

Quadro K3000M

576 @ 654 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz

Quadro K2100M

576 @ 667 MHz128 Bit @ 3000 MHz

Quadro K1100M

384 @ 705 MHz128 Bit @ 2800 MHz

Quadro K2000M

384 @ 745 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz

Quadro K1000M

192 @ 850 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz

Quadro K610M

192 @ 954 MHz64 Bit @ 2600 MHz

Quadro K510M

192 @ 846 MHz64 Bit @ 2400 MHz

Quadro K500M

192 @ 850 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
CodenameN14E-Q3
ArchitectureKepler
Pipelines960 - unified
Core Speed *600 MHz
Memory Speed *2800 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption100 Watt
technology28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.06.2012
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2199      avg: 2199 (15%)     median: 2199 (15%)     max: 2199 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Score 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2192      avg: 2192 (21%)     median: 2192 (21%)     max: 2192 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 19058      avg: 19058 (20%)     median: 19058 (20%)     max: 19058 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 12751      avg: 12751 (47%)     median: 12751 (47%)     max: 12751 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 150781      avg: 150781 (20%)     median: 150781 (20%)     max: 150781 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 36.5      avg: 36.5 (22%)     median: 36.5 (22%)     max: 36.5 fps
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 101      avg: 101 (7%)     median: 101 (7%)     max: 101 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 221      avg: 221 (7%)     median: 221 (7%)     max: 221 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 3413      avg: 3466 (15%)     median: 3466 (15%)     max: 3519 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 3673      avg: 3760 (21%)     median: 3777 (21%)     max: 3830 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 14010      avg: 14049.5 (27%)     median: 14049.5 (27%)     max: 14089 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 15362      avg: 15362 (32%)     median: 15362 (32%)     max: 15362 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 19573      avg: 20223 (53%)     median: 20518 (54%)     max: 20578 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 48.5      avg: 48.5 (26%)     median: 48.5 (26%)     max: 48.5 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 34.67      avg: 34.7 (55%)     median: 34.7 (55%)     max: 34.67 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 40.33      avg: 40.3 (68%)     median: 40.3 (68%)     max: 40.33 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 39.66      avg: 39.7 (61%)     median: 39.7 (61%)     max: 39.66 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 12.23      avg: 12.2 (64%)     median: 12.2 (64%)     max: 12.23 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 51.35      avg: 51.4 (46%)     median: 51.4 (46%)     max: 51.35 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 42.84      avg: 42.8 (53%)     median: 42.8 (53%)     max: 42.84 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 40.54      avg: 40.5 (41%)     median: 40.5 (41%)     max: 40.54 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 45.63      avg: 45.6 (66%)     median: 45.6 (66%)     max: 45.63 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 70.87      avg: 70.9 (58%)     median: 70.9 (58%)     max: 70.87 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 6804      avg: 6804 (47%)     median: 6804 (47%)     max: 6804 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.6      avg: 7.6 (96%)     median: 7.6 (96%)     max: 7.6 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.6      avg: 7.6 (96%)     median: 7.6 (96%)     max: 7.6 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.

Dead Space 3
low 1024x768
337  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
129  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
98  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
57  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
World of Tanks v8
low 1024x768
102  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
73  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
62  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
36  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Torchlight 2
low 1024x768
98  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
93  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
86  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dirt Showdown
low 1024x768
89  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
81  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
78  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
34  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Diablo III
low 1024x768
247  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
183  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
158  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
83  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
181  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
90  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
54  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
29  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Battlefield 3
low 1024x768
98  fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
72  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
51  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
24  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Total War: Shogun 2
low 1024x768
228  fps      Compare
med. 1280x720
71  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
24  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
StarCraft 2
low 1024x768
248  fps      Compare
med. 1360x768
115  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
69  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
48  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
247  fps      Compare
ultra 1280x1024
92  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark
high 1024x768
233  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.