NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) vs NVIDIA GeForce 910M

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)

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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 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 (940M, GDDR5)NVIDIA GeForce 910M
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
CodenameSurface BookN15V-GM
ArchitectureMaxwellKepler
384 - 384 -
Core954 - 993 (Boost) MHz641 MHz
Memory5012 MHz2000 MHz
Bus64 Bit64 Bit
MemoryGDDR5DDR3
Max. Memory1024 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesGPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, GeForce ExperiencePhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, Play, Optimus, GPU Boost 2.0
Introduced01.10.2015 01.09.2015
Transistors900 Million

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
123411 Points (23%)
42738 Points (8%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
15597 Points (2%)
24517 Points (3%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 7424     avg: 7464.5     median: 7464.5 (13%)     max: 7505 Points
3677 Points (6%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 11340     avg: 11380     median: 11380 (6%)     max: 11420 Points
6636 Points (4%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 1886     avg: 1919     median: 1919 (7%)     max: 1952 Points
913 Points (3%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 2031     avg: 2075.5     median: 2075.5 (5%)     max: 2120 Points
1022 Points (3%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 54088     avg: 54397     median: 54397 (7%)     max: 54706 Points
28613 Points (4%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 2711     avg: 2736     median: 2736 (9%)     max: 2761 points
1432 points (5%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 2548     avg: 2577     median: 2577 (5%)     max: 2606 points
1413 points (3%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
14.4 fps (5%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
13.3 fps (8%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
18 fps (8%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce 910M
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 (1%)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
41.8 fps (1%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
22.3 fps (1%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
25.1 fps (1%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
513 Samples/s (10%)
95 Samples/s (2%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
1065 Samples/s (10%)
189 Samples/s (2%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
1676 Points (6%)
929 Points (3%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce 910M → 74%

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

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

XCOM 2

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

Anno 2205

2015
low 1024x768
GeForce 910M:
22.1  fps
med. 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
13.7  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
6.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
3.1  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
33.8  fps
med. 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
27.2  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
20  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
13.9  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
42  fps
97%
GeForce 910M:
40.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
35.9  fps
82%
GeForce 910M:
29.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
19.7  fps
67%
GeForce 910M:
13.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
13.3  fps
65%
GeForce 910M:
8.7  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1280x720
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
23  fps
57%
GeForce 910M:
13  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
14  fps
86%
GeForce 910M:
12  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
4  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
GeForce 910M:
46.8  fps
med. 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
24  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
16.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
12.5  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
GeForce 910M:
7.9  fps
med. 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
7.6  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
6.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
5.9  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
GeForce 910M:
28.2  fps
med. 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
20.1  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
7.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
4.4  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
117  fps
35%
GeForce 910M:
41  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
94  fps
34%
GeForce 910M:
32  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
76  fps
32%
GeForce 910M:
24  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
49  fps
33%
GeForce 910M:
16  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
GeForce 910M:
»
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
45.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
28.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
22.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
9.4  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1024x768
GeForce 910M:
33.7  fps
med. 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
24.6  fps
high 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
18.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
7.3  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
59.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
44.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
30.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
15.7  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1280x720
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
94.2  fps
54%
GeForce 910M:
50.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
64.8  fps
46%
GeForce 910M:
29.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
56.5  fps
46%
GeForce 910M:
25.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
20.8  fps
41%
GeForce 910M:
8.6  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
258  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
141.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
74.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
37.5  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1024x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
161.5  fps
46%
GeForce 910M:
73.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
82.8  fps
46%
GeForce 910M:
38.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
55.2  fps
45%
GeForce 910M:
24.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
25.8  fps
41%
GeForce 910M:
10.7  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
GeForce 910M:
39.1  fps
med. 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
36.3  fps
high 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
34.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
29.7  fps
GeForce 910M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
112.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
85.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
42.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
10.9  fps
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5):
»
low 1024x768
GeForce 910M:
52.8  fps
med. 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
48.6  fps
high 1366x768
GeForce 910M:
45.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce 910M:
30.6  fps
GeForce 910M:
»

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Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce 910M → 53%

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