The NVIDIA NVS 5400M is a middle-class graphics card for laptops and is based on the consumer GeForce GT 630M / 540M chip but with lower clock rates. At its core, the NVS 5400M is a 40nm GF108 Fermi chip with DirectX 11 support. The NVS series of mobile graphics cards is optimized for business applications (such as CAD or DCC) and stability.

More details on the GF108 architecture can be found on the dedicated page of the GeForce GT 435M.


The performance of the NVS 5400M is slightly below the GeForce GT 630M due to the reduced core clock (660 MHz, 800 MHz Turbo). Nevertheless, most games of 2012 run fluently in medium detail settings.


A novelty of the GF104, GF106 and GF108 chips is the support for Bitstream HD Audio (Blu-Ray) via HDMI. Similar to the Radeon HD 5730, the NVS 5400M can transfer Dolby True HD and DTS-HD bitstream without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The NVS5400M offers PureVideo HD technology for video decoding using the GPU. The integrated Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports feature set C and is able to fully decode MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2 (MPEG-4 ASP - e.g., DivX or Xvid), VC-1/WMV9, and H.264 (VLD, IDCT, Motion Compensation, and Deblocking). Furthermore, the GPU is able to decode two 1080p streams simultaneously (e.g., for Blu-Ray Picture-in-Picture).

Through CUDA, OpenCL, and DirectCompute 2.1 support, the NVS 5400M can assist in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can encode videos considerably faster than can a modern CPU. Furthermore, physics calculations can be done by the GPU using PhysX (supported in Mafia 2 and Metro 2033). However, the GPU is generally not powerful enough to support both PhysX and high detail game settings at reasonable frame rates.

The power consumption of the graphics card should be similar to the GeForce GT 435M and is therefore suited for 15" or larger laptops. If idle, the chip is clocked at approximately 50/101/137 MHz (chip/shader/memory, respectively) in 2D mode and at 202/405/324 MHz in 3D mode to save power. Furthermore, the Fermi chip supports Optimus to automatically switch between the integrated Intel graphics card and the Nvidia GPU. The implementation of Optimus, however, is dependent on the laptop manufacturer.

NVS 5000M Series
NVS 5400M 96 @ 660 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
NVS 5200M (compare) 96 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Pipelines96 - unified
Core Speed660 MHz
Shader Speed1320 MHz
Memory Speed1800 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
technology40 / 28 nm
FeaturesOptimus Support, PureVideo HD VP4, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play, Bitstream HD Audio, CUDA, DirectCompute, OpenCL, OpenGL 4.0, DirectX 11
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement01.06.2012


3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 18021     avg: 18136     median: 18136 (34%)     max: 18251 Points
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 +
- 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 1024x768
40  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
37  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
13  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
78 83 ~ 81 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
52.1 60 ~ 56 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
32.2 35 ~ 34 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
12  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
103  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
67  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
58  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
35  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
36  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
24  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
19  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
low 1280x720
60  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
41  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
25  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

low 1024x768
96 96 ~ 96 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
37 38.8 ~ 38 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
24 24.6 ~ 24 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
12  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..