NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M

NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M

The Nvidia Quadro FX 380M is a professional entry-level graphics card for mobile workstations. It is based on the GeForce 310M and therefore the 3D performance is not very good. Due to special drivers and optimizations, the performance for professional applications should be much better (than the 310M would perform). Another advantage are the certified drivers than ensure a good performance of professional applications without errors.

The card supports DirectX 10.1 and all the features of the G 310M (as it is based on the same GT218 core). Therefore PureVideo HD to decode HD videos with the graphics card is supported. The used Video Processor 4 (VP4) is able to fully decode H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and also MPEG-4 ASP (DivX or xVID) in hardware to minimize CPU load. MPEG-1 is not supported but can be easily handled by every modern CPU.

The gaming performance of the FX380M is similar to the GeForce 310M and therefore located in the entry level class. The professional drivers are however optimized for applications and may therefore deliver a worse performance. Modern 3D games like COD Modern Warfare 2 run only in low details and resolutions fluently. Some demanding games like NFS Shift or GTA4 wont run fluently at all. Less demanding games like SIMS 3 run in medium details and resolutions fluently. Therefore, the graphics card can not be recommended for gamers.

As the FX380M supports CUDA, DirectX Compute 10.1, and OpenCL, the shaders of the graphics processor can be used for other tasks than rendering images (e.g. faster encoding of videos).

The used GT218 core is manufactured in 40nm and based on the desktop GTX 200 architecture.

Quadro FX Series
Quadro FX 3800M (compare) 128 @ 675 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M (compare) 128 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M (compare) 96 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M (compare) 96 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M (compare) 72 @ 560 MHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M (compare) 48 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M (compare) 48 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M (compare) 24/8 cores @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M (compare) 24/8 cores @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M (compare) 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M (compare) 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M (compare) 20/7 cores @ 375 MHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M (compare) 32 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M (compare) 32 @ 475 MHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M (compare) 8 @ 580 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M (compare) 16 @ 400 MHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M (compare) 4/3 cores @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
Pipelines16 - unified
Core Speed625 MHz
Shader Speed1530 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3, DDR3
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Transistor Count260 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesDirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, certified drivers
Date of Announcement07.01.2010
Link to Manufacturer Page


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Class 4
Mali-G76 MP16 *
Radeon HD 5570
Mali-G76 MP4 *
GeForce GT 220
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
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Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2016-01-26)