NVIDIA GeForce 320M vs NVIDIA GeForce 315M

NVIDIA GeForce 320M

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The NVIDIA GeForce 320M is an integrated chipset graphics card for Core 2 Duo based laptops and successor of the GeForce 9400M. It does not feature dedicated graphics memory but uses the systems main memory instead (shared memory, in Mac OS X 256 MB from the main memory). Therefore, the performance is not as good as similar cards with dedicated graphics RAM. The mGPU is based on the GT216 core (as the GeForce GT 325M e.g.) and offers 32 shader cores. The similar called GeForce GT 320M is a dedicated graphics card and a bit faster than the Geforce 320M.

The gaming performance of the GeForce 320M should be compareable to a GeForce 310M and even better. Therefore, older and less demanding games should run in high details fluently. Modern and demanding games like Crysis or NFS Shift should only run in low detail settings.

The 320M also supports PureVideo HD (VP4) to decode HD videos with the GPU. Using CUDA, OpenCL, and DirectCompute the shaders of the GPU can also be used for other calculations (like encoding videos).

The GeForce 320M is not similar to the GeForce GT 320M, which is based on a GeForce 9600M GT.

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 320MNVIDIA GeForce 315M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce 300M Series
GeForce 320M 32 @ 450 MHz
GeForce 310M (compare) 16 @ 606 / 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 315M 16 @ 606 MHz64 Bit @ 790 MHz
GeForce 305M (compare) 16 @ 525 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
GeForce 320M 32 @ 450 MHz
GeForce 310M (compare) 16 @ 606 / 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 315M 16 @ 606 MHz64 Bit @ 790 MHz
GeForce 305M (compare) 16 @ 525 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
CodenameMCP89N11M-GE
ArchitectureGT2xxGT2xx
32 - 16 -
Core450 MHz606 MHz
Shader950 MHz1212 MHz
yesno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, 4.1DirectX 10.1, 4.1
Technology40 nm40 nm
Introduced01.04.2010 01.12.2010
Memory790 MHz
Bus64 Bit
MemoryGDDR3, DDR3
Max. Memory512 MB
Transistors260 Million
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, HybridPower

3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 320M
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 315M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 320M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 315M
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 13694     avg: 16219     median: 16219 (17%)     max: 18744 Points
14749 Points (15%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
10494 Points (5%)
min: 10163     avg: 10325.5     median: 10325 (5%)     max: 10488 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 6483     avg: 7168.3     median: 7357 (14%)     max: 7475 Points
min: 7073     avg: 7076.5     median: 7076 (13%)     max: 7080 Points
3DMark 06 + NVIDIA GeForce 320M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 315M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6 points (86%)
5.9 points (84%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 4     avg: 5.2     median: 5 (71%)     max: 5 points
4.8 points (68%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 320M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 315M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 320M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 315M
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 320M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 320M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 320M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 315M → 82%

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

low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
41  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
28  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 320M:
7  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
98 161 ~ 130 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
57 75 ~ 66 fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
50 56 64 ~ 57 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 320M:
26 28 33 ~ 29 fps
GeForce 320M:
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Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
28.4  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
23.4  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
19.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 320M:
12  fps
GeForce 320M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
110  fps
66%
GeForce 315M:
73  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
26  fps
109%
GeForce 315M:
28.4  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
15  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 320M:
8  fps
GeForce 320M:
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GeForce 315M:
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low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
25  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
13  fps
GeForce 320M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
33 36 38 ~ 36 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
21 21 22 ~ 21 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
14  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 320M:
9  fps
GeForce 320M:
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low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
69  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
23  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
47  fps
71%
GeForce 315M:
33.6  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
20  fps
78%
GeForce 315M:
15.6  fps
GeForce 320M:
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GeForce 315M:
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Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
27.5 38 44.5 44.8 48.1 ~ 41 fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
20 21.4 21.7 21.8 22.3 ~ 21 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 320M:
8.4 9.4 9.7 9.9 ~ 9 fps
GeForce 320M:
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Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
27.4 42.9 43.6 45.1 ~ 40 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
22.4 29.1 30 30.5 ~ 28 fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
15.7 18 18.8 ~ 18 fps
GeForce 320M:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
59  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
GeForce 320M:
12  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
157  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
53  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce 320M:
17  fps
GeForce 320M:
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F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
90  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
38  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce 320M:
22  fps
GeForce 320M:
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GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
29.8  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
16.9  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 320M:
78  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
47  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 320M:
54.9  fps
106%
GeForce 315M:
58.4  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
21.2  fps
96%
GeForce 315M:
20.3  fps
GeForce 320M:
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GeForce 315M:
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Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
58  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
8.7  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 320M:
89  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
75.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 320M:
47.3  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
112  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
41  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce 320M:
20  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
21 27.8 ~ 24 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
19.9  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
14.3 16.8 ~ 16 fps
GeForce 320M:
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Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
36.5  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
16.4  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
11.5  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
40.2  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
27.5  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
11.9  fps
GeForce 320M:
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World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
102  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
34  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
15  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
87.5  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Quake 4

Quake 4

2005
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 320M:
62  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
62  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
34  fps
GeForce 320M:
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
132  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
104  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce 320M:
23  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
88  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
GeForce 320M:
109.9  fps
high 800x600
100%
GeForce 320M:
104.4  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
29.6  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce 320M:
366.2  fps
GeForce 320M:
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Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce 315M → 88%

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