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NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5)

The Nvidia Maxwell GPU is a dedicated graphics card in the Microsoft Surface Book laptop. It is based on the Maxwell GM108 chip as the Geforce 940M with 384 shaders. Instead of the DDR3 graphics memory, the Surface Book graphics card features faster GDDR5 memory (both 64 Bit though). 

Thanks to the faster graphics memory, the Surface Book Geforce is performing better than the average GeForce 940M. However, the 945M and GTX 950M are still noticeably faster. Demanding games therefore only run in low settings fluently.

More details can be found in our extensive review of the 2015 Microsoft Surface Book with the dedicated Maxwell GPU.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce 900M Series
GeForce 945M (compare) 512 @ 928 - 1045 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5) 384 @ 954 - 993 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 5012 MHz
GeForce 940MX (compare) 384 @ 1122 - 1242 (Boost) MHz64 Bit
GeForce 940M (compare) 384 @ 1072 - 1176 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
GeForce 930MX (compare) 384 @ 952 - 1020 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
GeForce 930M (compare) 384 @ 928 - 941 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 920MX (compare) 256 @ 965 - 993 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 920M (compare) 384 @ 954 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
GeForce 910M (compare) 384 @ 641 MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
CodenameSurface Book
ArchitectureMaxwell
Pipelines384 - unified
Core Speed954 - 993 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed5012 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
technology28 nm
FeaturesGPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, GeForce Experience
Date of Announcement01.10.2015

Benchmarks

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 5434     avg: 6787.7     median: 7424 (15%)     max: 7505 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 6274     avg: 9678     median: 11340 (7%)     max: 11420 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 937     avg: 1591.7     median: 1886 (8%)     max: 1952 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 1010     avg: 1720.3     median: 2031 (5%)     max: 2120 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 22709     avg: 43834.3     median: 54088 (7%)     max: 54706 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 1480     avg: 2317.3     median: 2711 (9%)     max: 2761 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1319     avg: 2157.7     median: 2548 (5%)     max: 2606 points
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.

Metal Gear Solid V
low 1024x768
42  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
35.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
19.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Batman: Arkham Knight
low 1280x720
23  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
14  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
117  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
94  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
76  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
49  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
45.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
28.2  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
22.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Metro: Last Light
low 1024x768
59.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
44.7  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
30.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
15.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
BioShock Infinite
low 1280x720
94.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
64.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
56.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
20.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
low 1024x768
258  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
141.2  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
74.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
37.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Tomb Raider
low 1024x768
161.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
82.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
55.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
25.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Sleeping Dogs
low 1024x768
112.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
85.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
42.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
10.9  fps    + Compare