NVIDIA GeForce 820M

NVIDIA GeForce 820M

The NVIDIA GeForce 820M (or GT 820M) is an entry-level DirectX 12 compatible graphics card announced in January 2014. Its core is based on the 28nm GF117 chip (Fermi architecture) and is equipped with 64-bit DDR3 memory. Besides the slightly different clock rate, the 820M is almost identical to the old GeForce 710M and GT 720M.


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. This feature is available on any notebook with a graphics card of the 800M series.


In our gaming benchmarks, the 3D performance of the GeForce 820M is similar to the former GT 720M and the Intel Iris Graphics 5100. This places the card in the entry level segment. Current games (as of 2013/2014) will run fluently only in low settings and resolutions.


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 820M 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 820M should be similar to the old GT 720M. As a result, the GPU is best suited for notebooks 13 inches in size or greater.

GeForce 800M Series
GeForce 845M (compare) 384 @ 1071 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000 MHz
GeForce 840M (compare) 384 @ 1029 MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
GeForce 830M (compare) 256 @ 1029 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 825M (compare) 384 @ 850 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 820M 96 @ 775 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Pipelines96 - unified
Core Speed775 MHz
Shader Speed1550 MHz
Memory Speed1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
Transistor Count585 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesPhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, Play, Optimus, GPU Boost 2.0, GameWorks
Date of Announcement07.01.2014
Link to Manufacturer Pagettp://


3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 3942     avg: 4559.3     median: 4520.5 (9%)     max: 6001 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 5398     avg: 5968     median: 6073.5 (3%)     max: 6152 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 763     avg: 829.8     median: 829 (3%)     max: 888 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 817     avg: 884.3     median: 897 (2%)     max: 903 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 48165     avg: 62879.2     median: 63709.5 (8%)     max: 68464 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 1302     avg: 1381.6     median: 1383 (5%)     max: 1500 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1194     avg: 1259     median: 1266.5 (2%)     max: 1280 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
- 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 detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

F1 2014

F1 2014

low 1024x768
90 95 ~ 93 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
64 65 ~ 65 fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
38  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
18.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
13.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
7.7  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
18.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
11.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
5.8  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
40 42.3 ~ 41 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
27 27.7 ~ 27 fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
14.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1280x720
26.3 27 ~ 27 fps    + Compare
med. 1344x756
16.8 17.3 ~ 17 fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
8.6 9 ~ 9 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
6.7  fps    + Compare