NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M is an entry-level, DirectX 11 compatible graphics card that has been announced in spring 2013. Its core is based on the 28nm GF117 chip (Fermi architecture) with 64-bit DDR3 memory. Compared to the 710M, the GT 720M is clocked slightly higher.


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 GT 720M 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 700M series.


Depending on the clock rates, the 3D performance of the GeForce GT 720M is somewhat above the old GT 620M, but clearly below the GT 630M in most cases. This is due to the 64 bit memory interface, which limits the performance noticeably. In comparison to the competition, the 720M offers a performance similar to the HD Graphics 4400/4600 or Radeon HD 8570M. Overall, the card is placed in the lower performance segment. Current games (as of 2013) will run fluently only in low settings.


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 GT 720M 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 GT 720M should be relativly high (approximately 25 W), according to the high clock rates. As a result, the GPU is best suited for notebooks 14-15 inches in size or greater.

GeForce GT 700M Series
GeForce GT 755M SLI compare 768 @ 0.98 GHz2x 128 Bit @ 5400 MHz
GeForce GT 750M SLI compare 768 @ 0.97 GHz2x 128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GT 755M compare 384 @ 0.98 GHz128 Bit @ 5400 MHz
GeForce GT 750M compare 384 @ 0.97 GHz128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GT 745M compare 384 @ 0.84 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce GT 740M compare 384 @ 0.81 - 0.98 GHz64/128 Bit @ 1600 - 1800 MHz
GeForce GT 735M compare 384 @ 0.58 - 0.89 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
GeForce GT 730M compare 384 @ 0.73 GHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
GeForce GT 720M 96 @ 0.63 - 0.94 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
Pipelines96 - unified
Core Speed625 - 938 (Boost) MHz
Shader Speed1250 - 1876 MHz
Memory Speed1800 - 2000 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
technology28 nm
FeaturesPhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, Play, Optimus, GPU Boost 2.0
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement01.04.2013


Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
5.1 pt (5%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 4812     avg: 5304     median: 5426 (3%)     max: 5670 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 668     avg: 757     median: 779 (2%)     max: 783 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 46704     avg: 53196     median: 52259.5 (7%)     max: 61035 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 962     avg: 1143     median: 1213 (2%)     max: 1218 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 +
specvp11 tcvis-02 +
specvp11 sw-02 +
specvp11 proe-05 +
specvp11 maya-03 +
specvp11 lightwave-01 +
specvp11 ensight-04 +
specvp11 catia-03 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 +
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
- 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
8.6  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
14  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
World of Tanks enCore

World of Tanks enCore

low 1366x768
168.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
17.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.