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NVIDIA GeForce 315M

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.

GeForce 300M Series

GeForce 320M compare 32 @ 0.45 GHz
GeForce 310M compare 16 @ 0.61 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
GeForce 315M 16 @ 0.61 GHz64 Bit @ 790 MHz
GeForce 305M compare 16 @ 0.53 GHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Pipelines16 - unified
Core Speed606 MHz
Shader Speed1212 MHz
Memory Speed790 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3, DDR3
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB
Shared Memoryno
APIDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Transistor Count260 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, HybridPower
Date of Announcement01.12.2010


3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 10163     avg: 10326     median: 10325.5 (5%)     max: 10488 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06
min: 3247     avg: 3267     median: 3267 (4%)     max: 3287 Points
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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 1024x768
73  fps    + Compare
med. 1360x768
28.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.


low 800x600
33.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
15.6  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

low 640x480
58.4  fps    + Compare
high 1024x768
20.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
StarCraft 27328.4
Far Cry 258.420.33
< 30 fps
< 60 fps
< 120 fps
≥ 120 fps



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Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce 315M graphics card


Review Samsung RV511-S02 Notebook

Goodbye Glare-Type Samsung is shying away from glare-type screens and has equipped this well-rounded office notebook with a matte (and still bright) display. C...
Intel Core i3-380M | NVIDIA GeForce 315M | 15.60" | 2.4 kg

Review Samsung RC510-S01DE Notebook

Elegant office. If you're looking for a good-looking laptop with office qualities, you'll likely find one in the RC510. A matt TFT is brought together with feed...
Intel Core i3-380M | NVIDIA GeForce 315M | 15.60" | 2.5 kg

Samsung RV709-S01RS: Intel Pentium P6200, 17.30", 2.7 kg
  External Review » Samsung RV709-S01RS

Lenovo Ideapad V370: Intel Core i7-2620M, 13.30", 1.7 kg
  External Review » Lenovo Ideapad V370

Samsung RV511-S01: Intel Core i3-380M, 15.60", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Samsung RV511-S01

Samsung RC508-S01: Intel Core i5-480M, 15.60", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC508-S01

Toshiba Satellite C670-131: Intel Pentium P6200, 17.30", 2.9 kg
  External Review » Toshiba Satellite C670-131

Samsung RC710-S02UK: Intel Core i5-480M, 17.30", 2.9 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC710-S02UK

Samsung RC510-S07DE: Intel Core i5-480M, 15.60", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC510-S07DE

Samsung RC510-S03UK: Intel Core i3-380M, 15.60", 2.5 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC510-S03UK

Samsung RC510-S04PL: Intel Core i3-380M, 15.60", 2.6 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC510-S04PL

Samsung RC710-S04DE: Intel Core i5-480M, 17.30", 2.9 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC710-S04DE

Samsung RV511-S02: Intel Core i3-380M, 15.60", 2.4 kg
  External Review » Samsung RV511-S01

Samsung RC510-S01DE: Intel Core i3-380M, 15.60", 2.5 kg
  External Review » Samsung RC510-S01DE

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