NVIDIA GeForce G210M vs NVIDIA GeForce G 205M

NVIDIA GeForce G210M

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The Nividia GeForce G210M or G 210 M is a DirectX 10.1 graphics adapter for notebooks based on the GT218 core. As its predecessor, it features 16 shaders but the clock rates have been greatly increased and also the shaders were improved (different core). Because of the 40nm process (compared to the 55nm process of the G110M) the maximum power consumption stays the same. The later announced GeForce 310M for Arrandale laptops is just a renamed GeForce G210M.

The core of the G210M is internally called GT218 and according to Nvidia based on the current high-end desktop architecture (GTX 200 series). Furthermore, Nvidia has improved the micro-architecture for further power saving and performance increases. Therefore, the performance per shader unit should be slightly improved compared to the previous generation.

As the G 110M / 8400M GT, the G 210M features 16 stream processors that do the work of the former dedicated pixel- and vertex-shaders. The unified shaders of Nvidia are 1-dimensional (AMD has 5-dimensional shaders which leads to the higher number of shaders).

The GeForce G210M also supports CUDA, DirectX Compute and OpenCL to use the shaders for other tasks than rendering images (like encoding videos or mathematical tasks). For these special tasks, the GPU can be noticeably faster than current CPUs. PhysX is not supported by the G210M because of too less shaders (for rendering and PhysX).

The mobile graphics card has a built in video decoder called PureVideo HD with VP4. The Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports the full decoding of H.264, VC-1, and now also MPEG-4 ASP (e.g. DivX or XviD). MPEG-1 still wont be supported, but the decoding of this codec is quite trivial on a CPU.

In conjunction with a chipset from Nvidia with integrated graphics (e.g. 9400M), the G 210M supports Hybrid-SLI (HybridPower and GeForceBoost). HybridPower is a technique to choose between the integrated and dedicated graphics core, if performance or battery runtime is needed. This works only in Windows Vista (and possibly Windows 7). Up to now the user has to use a tool to switch between the GPUs. Later Nvidia wants to switch automatically in the drivers. GeForceBoost uses the integrated graphics core of the Nvidia chipset (e.g. 105M) and the dedicated of the G 210M in SLI mode to achieve better frame rates.

The performance of the entry level G 210M is on a level with the older GeForce 9500M G. Therefore, older or less demanding games should run fluently with medium to high details. Demanding DirectX 10 games, like Crysis, are playable only in low detail settings and low resolutions. Some games like GTA4 or NFS Shift wont even run in the lowest settings fluently. See below for a list of games we tested with the G 210M and the framerate we achieved.

Depending on the the used type of graphics memory (GDDR2, GDDR3 or perhaps even DDR2/DDR3) the performance may differ noticeably.

The power consumption of the mobile graphics card is - like the 110M - 14 Watt (TDP). Furthermore, according to Nvidia, the new improved core does only need half of the power in Idle mode.

NVIDIA GeForce G 205M

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The NVIDIA GeForce G205M or G 205M is an integrated (onboard) graphics card for laptops. Technically its a renamed GeForce 9400M G (also used in ION 1 Netbooks) and not related to the newer G210M or G310M.

The performance of the G205M is comparable to current entry level GPUs with dedicated graphics memory (like the GeForce 9300M GS). The newer GeForce G305M is still noticeable faster. Older games like Doom 3 or less demanding games should still run fluently on the G205. See our GeForce 9400M G page for detailed benchmarks.

Because of the shared memory (the memory is reserved from the main memory), the graphics adapter performs significantly better with DDR3 main memory than with DDR2 (up to 33% more performance).

The current consumption of the mGPU is with a maximum of 12 Watt TDP (for the whole chipset (north- and southbridge are integrated) on par with the current Intel GMA X4500MHD (Centrino 2). The newer GMA HD in the Core CPUs should use less power (at a similar performance level as the G205M but with a worse driver support).

As the 9500M G, the G205M features 16 stream processors that do the work of the former dedicated pixel- and vertex-shaders. The unified shaders of Nvidia are 1-dimensional (AMD has 5-dimensional shaders which leads to the higher number of shaders).

The MCP79MX/C (codename of the GeForce 9400M/G 205M) can help the CPU in decoding HD videos. It features the PureVideo HD engine (VP3 video processor). Furthermore, the chip can be programmed using CUDA and can accellerate some operations in Photoshop CS4.

NVIDIA GeForce G210MNVIDIA GeForce G 205M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce G 200M Series
GeForce G210M 16 @ 0.63 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce G 205M 16 @ 0.45 GHz
GeForce G210M 16 @ 0.63 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce G 205M 16 @ 0.45 GHz
CodenameN10M-GSMCP79MX
ArchitectureGT2xxG9x
Pipelines16 - unified16 - unified
Core Speed625 MHz450 MHz
Shader Speed1500 MHz1100 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR2, GDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB
Shared Memorynoyes
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1DirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistors260 Million
technology40 nm65 nm
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, HybridPower
Date of Announcement15.06.2009 01.01.2010
Information72 Gigaflops
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...

Benchmarks

3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
1536 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
1805 Points (1%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
24018 Points (3%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 17151     avg: 17505     median: 17585 (18%)     max: 17779 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 9881     avg: 10295     median: 10187 (5%)     max: 10923 Points
4333 Points (2%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 6449     avg: 6720     median: 6826 (10%)     max: 6855 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA GeForce G 205M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
min: 3.4     avg: 5     median: 5.7 (72%)     max: 5.9 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
min: 3.9     avg: 4.6     median: 4.9 (62%)     max: 4.9 Points
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce G210M
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce G210M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce G210M → 100% n=2

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce G 205M → 45% n=2

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1280x720
100%
GeForce G210M:
37  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
35.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
25.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
21.5  fps
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
30  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
18.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
78  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
25  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
12.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
47.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
18.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
13.1  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
26.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
22  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
19.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
23  fps
Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
92  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
57  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
47  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
26  fps
Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
41.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
34.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
21.1  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
63  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
43  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
29  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
14  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
32  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
20  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
10  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
38  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
25  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
21  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
13  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
12.6  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce G210M:
23  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
16  fps
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
10  fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
29  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
12  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
57  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
25  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
14  fps
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
49  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
33 (!)  fps
F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
21  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
15  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
36  fps
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
53.4  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
25  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
16  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
12.8  fps
Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
22  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
15  fps
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
40.5  fps
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
29  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
21  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
17  fps
Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
104  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
65  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
46  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
27  fps
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
23.6  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
20.8  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
16.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
8.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
76  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
17  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
11  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
6  fps
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
24  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
14  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
39  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
18.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
12.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
4.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
27 28 ~ 28 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
15  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
4  fps
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
56  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
18  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
16  fps
Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
35  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
15  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
6  fps
Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
37.6  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
17.8  fps
Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
24  fps
Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
28.9  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
21.7  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
21.8  fps
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
51  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
GeForce G210M:
9  fps
Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
129  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
51  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce G210M:
14  fps
F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
33  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce G210M:
19  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
9  fps
GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
26  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
15.7  fps
Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
36  fps
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce G210M:
49  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
17.9  fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce G210M:
124 146 ~ 135 fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
34.9 38.8 ~ 37 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce G210M:
16.4  fps
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
31  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce G210M:
17  fps
Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
34.3  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
19.6  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
14.8  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
45  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
5.6  fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
48  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
19.1  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
5.2 9.4 ~ 7 fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
89  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
29  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
18  fps
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
105  fps
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
GeForce G210M:
212  fps
med. 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
98  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
34  fps
Quake 4

Quake 4

2005
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
51  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
GeForce G210M:
159  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
67  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce G210M:
16  fps
Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
low 640x480
100%
GeForce G210M:
92  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
80  fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
GeForce G210M:
123  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
74.8  fps
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce G210M:
294 301.3 ~ 298 fps

Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce G210M → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

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