NVIDIA GeForce 305M vs NVIDIA GeForce 315M

NVIDIA GeForce 305M

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The Nvidia GeForce 305M or G 305M is a laptop graphics card for entry level (small sized) notebooks. It has a similar computing power as the GeForce 9400M (ION) integrated chipset but features dedicated graphics memory (up to 512 MB connected with a 64 Bit memory interface). The core of the card is based on the GT218 architecture and supports hardware DirectX 10.1 effects.

The card supports PureVideo HD to decode HD videos with the graphics card (like Blu-Ray movies). PhysX is not really supported by the card, because of the lacking performance. 

The gaming performance should be only a bit better than the 9400M G and therefore only suited for non demanding games or games in low resolution and detail settings. It is compareable to the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4350. Therefore, gamers wont be happy with the GeForce 305M.

NVIDIA GeForce 315M

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The Nvidia GeForce 315M is an entry level graphics card for laptops and technically a sligthly lower clocked GeForce 310M. It is also based on the GT218 core that was introduced with the G 210M.

The performance of the 315M is similar to the GeForce 310M / G 210M and therefore located in the entry level class. Modern 3D games like COD Modern Warfare 2 run only in low details and resolutions fluently. Some demanding games like NFS Shift or GTA4 wont run fluently at all. Less demanding games like SIMS 3 run in medium details and resolutions fluently. Therefore, the graphics card can not be recommended for gamers.

The card supports DirectX 10.1 and all the features of the G 210M. Therefore PureVideo HD to decode HD videos with the graphics card is supported. The used Video Processor 4 (VP4) is able to fully decode H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and also MPEG-4 ASP (DivX or xVID) in hardware to minimize CPU load. MPEG-1 is not supported but can be easily handled by every modern CPU.

As the 315M supports CUDA, DirectX Compute 10.1, and OpenCL, the shaders of the graphics processor can be used for other tasks than rendering images (e.g. faster encoding of videos).

The used GT218 core is manufactured in 40nm and based on the desktop GTX 200 architecture. Therefore, the shaders have been reworked compared to the old GeForce G110M for an improved performance and battery runtime.

NVIDIA GeForce 305MNVIDIA GeForce 315M
GeForce 300M Series
GeForce 320M (compare) 32 @ 450 MHz
GeForce 310M (compare) 16 @ 606 / 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 315M 16 @ 606 MHz64 Bit @ 790 MHz
GeForce 305M 16 @ 525 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
GeForce 320M (compare) 32 @ 450 MHz
GeForce 310M (compare) 16 @ 606 / 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 315M 16 @ 606 MHz64 Bit @ 790 MHz
GeForce 305M 16 @ 525 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
16 - 16 -
Core525 MHz606 MHz
Shader1150 MHz1212 MHz
Memory700 MHz790 MHz
Bus64 Bit64 Bit
Max. Memory512 MB512 MB
DirectXDirectX 10.1, 4.1DirectX 10.1, 4.1
Technology40 nm40 nm
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, HybridPowerDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, HybridPower
Introduced10.01.2010 01.12.2010
55 Gigaflops
Transistors260 Million

3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 315M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 315M
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
14749 Points (15%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
8555 Points (4%)
min: 10163     avg: 10326     median: 10325.5 (5%)     max: 10488 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 7073     avg: 7077     median: 7076.5 (13%)     max: 7080 Points
3DMark 06 + NVIDIA GeForce 305M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 315M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
5.9 points (75%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 4.6     avg: 4.8     median: 4.8 (60%)     max: 4.9 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 315M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 315M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 305M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 315M → 103%

* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

low 1024x768
GeForce 315M:
73  fps
med. 1360x768
GeForce 315M:
28.4  fps
GeForce 315M:


low 800x600
GeForce 315M:
33.6  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce 315M:
15.6  fps
GeForce 315M:
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

low 640x480
GeForce 315M:
58.4  fps
high 1024x768
GeForce 315M:
20.3  fps
GeForce 315M:

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