NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX vs NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX

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The NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX is an entry level dedicated laptop graphics card presented in 2011. It is based on the GF119 like the GT 520M, but features a higher core and shader clock rate. Using DDR3, the 64 Bit memory bus may become a bottleneck of the graphics card.

Architecture

The GF119 offers 48 ALUs, 8 texture units and a 64 Bit memory interface for DDR3-VRAM. Therefore, it is similar to a half GF108 (GeForce GT 540M) but already manufactured with optimized transistors. As a difference the amount of raster-operation-processors (ROP) stayed the same counting 4. The GF119 is the smalles chip of the Fermi generation and is used for low end laptops.

Performance

As an entry level card, the GT 520MX has to compete against the Intel HD Graphics 3000 in the current Sandy Bridge processors. Due to the higher clock speeds, the MX should be faster than the GT 520M which was only slightly faster than the HD 3000 but clearly still beyond the faster GT 525M. Therefore demanding games like Crysis 2 or Mafia 2 run only in lowest detail and resolutions fluently. Less demanding games lik Fifa 11 or Sims 3 should be playable even in high detail settings.

Features

As the other 500M series chips, the 520MX supports Bitstream HD Audio (Blu-Ray) output via HDMI. That means the card is able to transfer Dolby True HD and DTS-HD bitstream-wise without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The GT520MX offers the PureVideo HD technology for video decoding. The included Video Processor 5 (VP5) supports feature set D and therefore the GPU is able to fully decode MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2 (MPEG-4 ASP - e.g., DivX or Xvid), VC-1/WMV9, and H.264 (VLD, IDCT, Motion Compensation, and Deblocking). Compared to the older VP4, the VP5 offers faster decodes at lower power, HD-to-SD transcodes and 4K x 4K resolution H.264 decode support.

Furthermore, the GPU is able to decode two 1080p streams simultaneously (e.g. for Blu-Ray Picture-in-Picture).

Through CUDA, OpenCL, and DirectCompute 2.1 support, the GeForce GT 520MX can be of help in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can considerably faster encode videos than a fast CPU can. Furthermore, physics calculations can be theoretically done by the GPU using PhysX (e.g. supported by Mafia 2 or Metro 2033) but the performance wont be sufficient for this.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M

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The NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M is a fast middle-class graphics card for laptops. It is based on the GF108 core, which is similar to certain GeForce 400M cards but with higher clock speeds. Therefore, features like PureVideo HD (VP4), 3DVision, HD Audio support and others are identical to the GT445M.

GF108 architecture

The GF108 core of the GTX 550M is related to the GF100 core of the GeFore GTX 480M, but offers only 96 shaders and a 128 Bit memory bus for both GDDR5 or DDR3. More information on the GF108 can be found on the GeForce GT 435M page.

Performance

The performance of the 550M depends on the used graphics memory. If using DDR3, the card is on a similar level with the Radeon HD 6750M. Demanding games such as Crysis 2 are playable in 1366x768 and high details. Higher resolutions at maximum settings will not be playable in demanding games like  Metro 2033 or Bad Company 2. See below for detailed benchmark results.

Features

A novel feature of the GF104/106/108 chips is the support for Bitstream HD Audio output via HDMI for Blu-ray playback. Similar the Radeon HD 5730, the GT 550M can transfer Dolby True HD and DTS-HD bitstream without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The GT550M offers the PureVideo HD technology for video decoding. The included Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports feature set C and is able to fully decode MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2 (MPEG-4 ASP - e.g., DivX or Xvid), VC-1/WMV9, and H.264 (VLD, IDCT, Motion Compensation, and Deblocking). 

Furthermore, the GPU is able to decode two 1080p streams simultaneously (e.g. for Blu-Ray Picture-in-Picture).

Through CUDA, OpenCL and DirectCompute 2.1 support, the GeForce GT 550M can be of help in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can  encode videos considerably faster than can a modern CPU. Furthermore, physics calculations can be done by the GPU using PhysX. Certain games, such as Mafia or Metro 2033, natively support this feature. 

According to Nvidia, support for 3D Vision on the GT 500M series is also new. It enables the laptop to send 3D content (3D games, 3D Web Streaming, 3D photos, 3D Blu-Rays) to a built-in 3D-enabled screen or an external 3D TV if supported by the manufacturer.

The relative high power consumption of the GeForce GT 550M suits it for 15-inch or larger laptops. To save power, the card supports Optimus to automatically switch between the integrated graphics card from Intel and the Nvidia GPU. Most notebooks with GT 5xxM GPUs support this feature, but its implementation is dependent on the laptop manufacturer.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MXNVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GT 500M Series
GeForce GT 555M compare 144 @ 0.53 - 0.75 GHz128, 192 Bit @ 785-900 MHz
GeForce GT 550M 96 @ 0.74 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
GeForce GT 540M compare 96 @ 0.67 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
GeForce GT 525M compare 96 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
GeForce GT 520MX 48 @ 0.9 GHz64 Bit @ 900 MHz
GeForce GT 520M compare 48 @ 0.74 GHz64 / 128 Bit @ 800 / 900 MHz
GeForce GT 555M compare 144 @ 0.53 - 0.75 GHz128, 192 Bit @ 785-900 MHz
GeForce GT 550M 96 @ 0.74 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
GeForce GT 540M compare 96 @ 0.67 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
GeForce GT 525M compare 96 @ 0.6 GHz128 Bit @ 900 MHz
GeForce GT 520MX 48 @ 0.9 GHz64 Bit @ 900 MHz
GeForce GT 520M compare 48 @ 0.74 GHz64 / 128 Bit @ 800 / 900 MHz
CodenameN12P-GVRN12P-GT
ArchitectureFermiFermi
Cores48 - unified96 - unified
Core900 MHz740 MHz
Shader1800 MHz1480 MHz
Memory900 MHz900 MHz
Bus64 Bit128 Bit
MemoryDDR3DDR3, GDDR5
Max. Memory1024 MB1536 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Technology40 nm40 nm
FeaturesVerde Drivers, CUDA, Optimus, DirectCompute, OpenCL, DirectX11, OpenGL 4.1
Introduced30.05.2011 06.01.2011
Size2/3

3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 658     avg: 666     median: 666 (2%)     max: 674 Points
min: 1048     avg: 1099     median: 1099.5 (3%)     max: 1145 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 593     avg: 597     median: 596.5 (1%)     max: 600 Points
min: 934     avg: 982     median: 973.5 (2%)     max: 1028 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
32347 Points (34%)
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 13717     avg: 13769     median: 13782 (7%)     max: 13808 Points
min: 21918     avg: 22101     median: 22100.5 (12%)     max: 22283 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
10556 Points (15%)
min: 16365     avg: 16510     median: 16509.5 (24%)     max: 16654 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
9.3 fps (2%)
min: 14.2     avg: 14.5     median: 14.5 (3%)     max: 14.7 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
6.5 Points (82%)
6.7 Points (85%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
min: 4.5     avg: 4.6     median: 4.5 (57%)     max: 4.7 Points
min: 5.9     avg: 6.2     median: 5.9 (75%)     max: 6.7 Points
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX → 100% n=13

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M → 152% n=13

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

low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
13.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
15.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
15.2  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
42.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
15.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
13  fps
Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
146  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
97  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
52  fps
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
39  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
34  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
30  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
33  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
25.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
20  fps
Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
24.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
12.6  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
75  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
68  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
38  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
26.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
41  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
30.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
10.3  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
20.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
14  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
10.8  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
36.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
25.1  fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
54.2 55.3 ~ 55 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
20.7 21.2 ~ 21 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
12.7 13 ~ 13 fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
31.3 31.4 ~ 31 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
21.8 22 ~ 22 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
14 16.8 ~ 15 fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
11.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
10.5  fps
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
218  fps
122%
GeForce GT 550M:
266.3  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
107  fps
157%
GeForce GT 550M:
168.1  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
86  fps
137%
GeForce GT 550M:
118.1  fps
F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
66  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
47  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
27  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
62.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
26.3  fps
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
101.2  fps
164%
GeForce GT 550M:
166.4 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
41.4  fps
145%
GeForce GT 550M:
53.7 66 fps ~ 60 fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
27  fps
156%
GeForce GT 550M:
41.6 fps 42.9 ~ 42 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
12.7  fps
Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
58 fps 59.1 ~ 59 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
39.3 fps 39.5 ~ 39 fps
high 1366x768
GeForce GT 550M:
29 29.2 fps ~ 29 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
10.3 10.3 fps ~ 10 fps
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
62.6  fps
152%
GeForce GT 550M:
95.2 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
40.6  fps
163%
GeForce GT 550M:
61.6 70.8 fps ~ 66 fps
high 1360x768
GeForce GT 550M:
50 55.4 fps ~ 53 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
24.2 31.9 fps ~ 28 fps
Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
182.1 307.6 330.3 405.1 412.7 ~ 328 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
166.8 182.8 189 209.6 224.2 ~ 194 fps
high 1360x768
GeForce GT 550M:
122.9 125.8 132.2 136.4 136.6 ~ 131 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
76.3 76.9 ~ 77 fps
Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
67.2 71.5 fps ~ 69 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
47.8 fps 50.7 ~ 49 fps
high 1360x768
GeForce GT 550M:
37.5 fps 44.2 ~ 41 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
22.4 fps 26.7 ~ 25 fps
low 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
201.1 210.6 fps ~ 206 fps
med. 1360x768
GeForce GT 550M:
48.9 fps 49.9 ~ 49 fps
high 1360x768
GeForce GT 550M:
35.5 fps 37.6 ~ 37 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
18.4 fps 19.4 ~ 19 fps
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
47.5 82.2 83 96.3 ~ 77 fps
med. 1360x768
GeForce GT 550M:
28.8 43.2 45.3 49.7 ~ 42 fps
high 1600x900
GeForce GT 550M:
14.9  fps
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
41  fps
149%
GeForce GT 550M:
58 fps 64.4 ~ 61 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
31  fps
145%
GeForce GT 550M:
43 44 fps 47.6 ~ 45 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
22  fps
145%
GeForce GT 550M:
29.3 32.1 fps 34.6 ~ 32 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
15 16.4 fps 16.9 ~ 16 fps
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
127.8  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
51  fps
high 1366x768
GeForce GT 550M:
42.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
26  fps
Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
74.8 75.8 81.4 92.1 ~ 81 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
33.9 36.1 36.2 42.3 ~ 37 fps
high 1366x768
GeForce GT 550M:
21.6 22.6 22.7 27.8 ~ 24 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
18.3  fps
Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
137.9  fps
high 1360x768
GeForce GT 550M:
51.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
29  fps
Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
59.1  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
36 37 41 41.5 ~ 39 fps
high 1366x768
GeForce GT 550M:
27.8 29.1 37.1 41.4 ~ 34 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
25.2 25.3 ~ 25 fps
Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
71.8  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
67.4  fps
high 1360x768
GeForce GT 550M:
36.2 40.5 ~ 38 fps
Racedriver: GRID

Racedriver: GRID

2008
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
104.9  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
65.5  fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
GeForce GT 550M:
340  fps
high 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
76.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
31.1  fps
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
185.2 200.6 ~ 193 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
90.6 102.1 ~ 96 fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
130.5  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
58  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GT 520MX:
21.6  fps
158%
GeForce GT 550M:
34.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
8  fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
117.6  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
54  fps
high 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
31  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
7  fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
191 318 ~ 255 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
72 74 ~ 73 fps
high 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
42 44 ~ 43 fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GT 550M:
16  fps
Call of Juarez Benchmark

Call of Juarez Benchmark

2006
high 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
26 35.9 36.3 ~ 33 fps
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
198.7  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
GeForce GT 550M:
210.6  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GT 550M:
134.4  fps
high 1280x1024
GeForce GT 550M:
67.1  fps

Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M → 149%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 152%

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