NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M is a DirectX 11 graphics card of the middle class. It is based on the Kepler architecture and manufactured by TSMC in a 28-nanometer process. In addition to an older version with the GK107 chip (384 shader, 810 - 895 MHz, 128 bit memory), there also exist models with the new GK208 (384 shader, up to 980 MHz plus boost, 64 bit memory). Both versions usually use DDR3 memory; however, GDDR5 versions are possible, too.


Both GK107 and GK208 are based on the Kepler architecture and offer two shader blocks, called SMX, each with 192 shaders for a total of 384 shader cores. The shaders are clocked at the same speed as the rest of the chip. Although more shader cores are available in the Kepler architecture as compared to the Fermi design, the Kepler shaders are much more efficient. However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip are as fast as one shader of a Fermi chip even though Fermi shaders are clocked at twice the speed.

PCIe 3.0 is now supported by the mobile Kepler series and an optional Turbo mode 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.


The gaming performance of the GeForce GT 740M depends on the used chip. Our benchmarks with a GK107 version show a performance just 10 percent below the GT 650M. Current games (as of 2013) can thus be played in medium to high settings. In older titles, there are also reserves for additional quality features like AA and AF. The GK208 version, however, performs significantly worse and is sometimes even below the GT 640M. Still, the performance depends on the core clock and the GPU Boost 2.0. Detailed benchmarks can be found further down on this page.


The feature set of the GT 740M corresponds to the GT 730M. This includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can now be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a if available. HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) (also integrated in the GK107 core) offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another feature is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed via the NVENCI API.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GT 740M should be similar to the GT 730M. As a result, the Nvidia GPU is best suited for multimedia notebooks 14-inches in size or greater.

GeForce GT 700M Series
GeForce GT 755M SLI (compare) 768 @ 980 MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5400 MHz
GeForce GT 750M SLI (compare) 768 @ 967 MHz2x 128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GT 755M (compare) 384 @ 980 MHz128 Bit @ 5400 MHz
GeForce GT 750M (compare) 384 @ 967 MHz128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GT 745M (compare) 384 @ 837 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce GT 740M 384 @ 810 - 980 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit @ 1600 - 1800 MHz
GeForce GT 735M (compare) 384 @ 575 - 889 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
GeForce GT 730M (compare) 384 @ 725 MHz64/128 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
GeForce GT 720M (compare) 96 @ 625 - 938 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 - 2000 MHz
CodenameN14P-GV2, ...
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed810 - 980 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed1600 - 1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistor Count1300 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement01.03.2013
Link to Manufacturer Page


3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 36514     avg: 43155.3     median: 45107 (6%)     max: 47845 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 4037     avg: 5665.7     median: 5352 (8%)     max: 8226 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 6634     avg: 7453.1     median: 7403 (4%)     max: 9724 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 921     avg: 1054.3     median: 1060 (4%)     max: 1269 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 997     avg: 1148.7     median: 1150 (3%)     max: 1336 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 39641     avg: 63609.8     median: 62061 (8%)     max: 83880 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 1786     avg: 1939.1     median: 1940 (6%)     max: 2238 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1687     avg: 1984.7     median: 1848 (4%)     max: 5478 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 24329     avg: 25447.5     median: 25447 (13%)     max: 26566 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 14401     avg: 16695.5     median: 16695 (31%)     max: 18990 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 14     avg: 15.7     median: 14 (5%)     max: 18 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
14.5 fps (8%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 17     avg: 19.4     median: 18 (8%)     max: 23 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 +
Tcvis 1920x1080 +
SolidWorks 1920x1080 +
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 +
Maya 1920x1080 +
Lightwave 1920x1080 +
Ensight 1920x1080 +
Catia 1920x1080 +
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.7 points (96%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 4     avg: 5.2     median: 5 (71%)     max: 5 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
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- 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
51.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
36.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
16.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Additional Benchmarks
Medium (Render Scale 100 %) 2xAF FXAA 1920x1080