NVIDIA GeForce 910M vs NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book

NVIDIA GeForce 910M

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The NVIDIA GeForce 910M is an entry-level DirectX 12 compatible graphics card announced in late 2015. Its core is based on the 28nm GF117 chip (Fermi architecture) and is equipped with 64-bit DDR3 memory. The 910M is a renamed GeForce 820M, which already was based on the the old GT 620M, GT 720M and GeForce 710M.

Architecture

The GF117 is based on the optimized GF108 Fermi chip (GeForce GT 540M) and offers 96 shaders, 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs. Each shader core is clocked twice as fast as the rest of the graphics chip, a technique known as hot clocking. More detailed information on Fermi can be found on the GT 435M GPU page.

It should be noted that the GF117 does not offer dedicated graphic ports and can therefore only be used in conjunction with Optimus.

The 820M supports GPU Boost 2.0, which can automatically overclock the card if the laptop cooling system allows it.

Performance

The gaming performance should be identical to the old GeForce 820M (see this page for benchmarks and game tests) and therefore also GT 720M and the Intel Iris Graphics 5100. This places the card in the entry level segment. Only old or low demanding games run fluent on this graphics card.

Features

The shader cores (also called CUDA cores) can be used for general calculations with APIs such as CUDA, DirectCompute 2.1 and OpenCL. PhysX is theoretically possible, but the 910M is too slow to handle both PhysX and 3D rendering in modern games. 3D Vision is not supported according to Nvidia.

Power consumption

The power consumption of the Geforce 910M should be similar to the old 820M and GT 720M. As a result, the GPU is best suited for notebooks 13 inches in size or greater. The efficiency however cant be compared to a modern Maxwell based GPU like the GeForce 920MX.

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book

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The Nvidia Maxwell GPU is a dedicated graphics card in the Microsoft Surface Book laptop. It is based on the Maxwell GM108 chip as the Geforce 940M with 384 shaders. Instead of the DDR3 graphics memory, the Surface Book graphics card features faster GDDR5 memory (both 64 Bit though). 

Thanks to the faster graphics memory, the Surface Book Geforce is performing better than the average GeForce 940M. However, the 945M and GTX 950M are still noticeably faster. Demanding games therefore only run in low settings fluently.

More details can be found in our extensive review of the 2015 Microsoft Surface Book with the dedicated Maxwell GPU.

NVIDIA GeForce 910MNVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce 900M Series
GeForce 945M (compare) 512 @ 928 - 1045 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5) 384 @ 954 - 993 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 5012 MHz
GeForce 940MX (compare) 384 @ 1122 - 1242 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 4000 MHz
GeForce 940M (compare) 384 @ 1072 - 1176 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
GeForce 930MX (compare) 384 @ 952 - 1020 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
GeForce 930M (compare) 384 @ 928 - 941 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 920MX (compare) 256 @ 965 - 993 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 920M (compare) 384 @ 954 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 910M 384 @ 641 MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
GeForce 945M (compare) 512 @ 928 - 1045 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5) 384 @ 954 - 993 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 5012 MHz
GeForce 940MX (compare) 384 @ 1122 - 1242 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 4000 MHz
GeForce 940M (compare) 384 @ 1072 - 1176 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
GeForce 930MX (compare) 384 @ 952 - 1020 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
GeForce 930M (compare) 384 @ 928 - 941 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 920MX (compare) 256 @ 965 - 993 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 920M (compare) 384 @ 954 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 910M 384 @ 641 MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
CodenameN15V-GMSurface Book
ArchitectureKeplerMaxwell
384 - 384 -
Core641 MHz954 - 993 (Boost) MHz
Memory2000 MHz5012 MHz
Bus64 Bit64 Bit
MemoryDDR3GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB1024 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0
Transistors900 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesPhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, Play, Optimus, GPU Boost 2.0GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, GeForce Experience
Introduced01.09.2015 01.10.2015

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
3.9 pt (4%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
42738 Points (20%)
123411 Points (57%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
24517 Points (16%)
15597 Points (10%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
3677 Points (20%)
min: 7424     avg: 7465     median: 7464.5 (41%)     max: 7505 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
6636 Points (22%)
min: 11340     avg: 11380     median: 11380 (37%)     max: 11420 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
913 Points (22%)
min: 1886     avg: 1919     median: 1919 (46%)     max: 1952 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
1022 Points (24%)
min: 2031     avg: 2076     median: 2075.5 (48%)     max: 2120 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
28613 Points (14%)
min: 54088     avg: 54397     median: 54397 (27%)     max: 54706 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
1432 points (22%)
min: 2711     avg: 2736     median: 2736 (41%)     max: 2761 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
1413 points (22%)
min: 2548     avg: 2577     median: 2577 (40%)     max: 2606 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
14.4 fps (27%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
13.3 fps (26%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
18 fps (21%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
42.6 fps (19%)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
41.8 fps (37%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
22.3 fps (21%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
25.1 fps (42%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
95 Samples/s (6%)
513 Samples/s (33%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
189 Samples/s (12%)
1065 Samples/s (68%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
929 Points (26%)
1676 Points (47%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 910M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book → 223%

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

low 1280x720
100%
GeForce 910M:
22.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
13.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
6.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
3.9  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce 910M:
19.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
11.5  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
5.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
3.1  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce 910M:
16  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
5  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
XCOM 2

XCOM 2

2016
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce 910M:
13.5  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
7.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
4.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
2.1  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
14.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
9.4  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
6.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
3.5  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
38.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
25.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
12.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
10.7  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
16.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
14.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
8.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
5.7  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
23.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
16.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
7.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
4.3  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
Anno 2205

Anno 2205

2015
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
22.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
13.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
6.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
3.1  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
33.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
27.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
20  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
13.9  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
40.9  fps
103%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
42  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
29.3  fps
123%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
35.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
13.2  fps
149%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
19.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
8.7  fps
153%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
13.3  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce 910M:
13  fps
177%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
23  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
12  fps
117%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
14  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
4  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
46.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
24  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
16.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
12.5  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
7.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
7.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
6.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
5.9  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
28.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
20.1  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
7.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
4.4  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
41  fps
285%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
117  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
32  fps
294%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
94  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
24  fps
317%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
76  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
16  fps
306%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
49  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
45.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
28.2  fps
high 1366x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
22.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
9.4  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
33.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
24.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
18.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
7.3  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
59.6  fps
med. 1366x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
44.7  fps
high 1366x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
30.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
15.7  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce 910M:
50.4  fps
187%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
94.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
29.9  fps
217%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
64.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
25.8  fps
219%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
56.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
8.6  fps
242%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
20.8  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1024x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
258  fps
med. 1366x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
141.2  fps
high 1366x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
74.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
37.5  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
73.6  fps
219%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
161.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
38.3  fps
216%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
82.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
24.9  fps
222%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
55.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
10.7  fps
241%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
25.8  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
39.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
36.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
34.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
29.7  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
112.4  fps
med. 1366x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
85.6  fps
high 1366x768
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
42.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
10.9  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
52.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
48.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce 910M:
45.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce 910M:
30.6  fps
GeForce 910M:
»

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Average Gaming NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book → 210%

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