NVIDIA GeForce 830M

NVIDIA GeForce 830M

The NVIDIA GeForce 830M is a (lower) mid-range, DirectX 12-compatible graphics card for laptops unveiled in March 2014. It is one of the first cards based on Nvidia's new Maxwell architecture (GM108 chip), but is still manufactured in 28 nm. The 830M offers 256 shader units clocked at 1029 MHz (+ Boost) as well as 2 GB of DDR3 memory (64 bit, 2000 MHz effective).


Compared to Kepler, Maxwell has been optimized in several details to increase power efficiency. Smaller Streaming Multiprocessors (SMM) with only 128 ALUs (Kepler: 192) and an optimized scheduler should lead to better utilization of the shaders. Nvidia promises that a Maxwell SMM with 128 ALUs can offer 90 percent of the performance of a Kepler SMX with 192 ALUs. The 830M features a partially deactivated GM108 with just 2 out of 3 SMMs (256 shader cores, 16 TMUs, 8 ROPs, 64-bit interface). 

Another optimization is the massively enlarged L2 cache. The larger size can process some of the memory traffic to allow for a relatively narrow memory interface without significantly reducing performance.

Similar to GM107, the GM108 supports DirectX 12 (Feature Level 11_0 only).


According to Nvidia, the GeForce 830M is about 25 percent faster than the old GT 730M. Practically, the advantage is a bit smaller and the performance similiar to the old GeForce GT 740M (about 20 percent below the GeForce 840M). Many games of 2013/2014 will run fluently in WXGA resolution (1366 x 768) and medium detail settings. However, very demanding games such as Crysis 3 or Battlefield 4 will require even lower resolutions and/or details.


GM108 integrates the sixth generation of the PureVideo HD video engine (VP6), offering a better decoding performance for H.264 and MPEG-2 videos. Of course, VP6 supports all features of previous generations (4K support, PIP, video encoding via NVENC API). Unfortunately, HDMI 2.0 is still not supported.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce 830M should be about 25 Watts or less. Therefore, the 830M is best suited for laptops 13 inches in size or larger. The 800M series also supports Optimus to automatically switch between an integrated graphics card and the Nvidia GPU.

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 256 @ 1029 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 825M (compare) 384 @ 850 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 820M (compare) 96 @ 775 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Pipelines256 - unified
Core Speed1029 - 1150 (Boost) 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
technology28 nm
FeaturesGPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, GeForce Experience
Date of Announcement12.03.2014


3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 4817     avg: 5810.3     median: 6044 (10%)     max: 6336 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 7966     avg: 8103.3     median: 8104 (4%)     max: 8238 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 1209     avg: 1222.3     median: 1215 (5%)     max: 1250 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 1360     avg: 1388.3     median: 1386 (3%)     max: 1420 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 44269     avg: 52330.2     median: 50861 (7%)     max: 63329 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 1995     avg: 2062     median: 2094 (6%)     max: 2097 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1949     avg: 1969.3     median: 1961 (4%)     max: 1998 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 +
Tcvis 1920x1080 +
SolidWorks 1920x1080 +
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 +
Maya 1920x1080 +
Lightwave 1920x1080 +
Ensight 1920x1080 +
Catia 1920x1080 +
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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.



low 1280x720
92.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
50  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
34.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1366x768
48.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
37.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
20.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
60  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
48.2  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
16.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
11.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Mad Max

Mad Max

med. 1366x768
32  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
15.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
14.5  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
23  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
19  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
5  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
24.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
15  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
7.3  fps    + Compare