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NVIDIA Quadro K5000M

NVIDIA Quadro K5000M

The NVIDIA Quadro K5000M is a high-end, DirectX 11.1 compatible graphics card for mobile workstations. It is a Kepler-based GPU built on the GK104 chip (but using only 1344 shader cores) and is manufactured in 28nm by TSMC. The Quadro K5000M is built for the Intel Chief River generation (Ivy Bridge) and is the successor to the Fermi-based Quadro 5010M (Huron River platform). Usually 4 GB GDDR5 graphics memory clocked at 750 MHz (3000 MHz effective) are used.

The Quadro series offers certified drivers that are optimized for stability and performance in professional applications like CAD or DCC. OpenGL performance, for example, should be significantly better than GeForce graphics cards of similar specifications.


The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the K5000M, 7 blocks are active leading to the 1366 CUDA cores. Although more shader cores are available in the Kepler architecture as compared to the Fermi design, the Kepler shaders are still expected to be up to twice as power efficient. However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip offer similar performance to just one shader of a Fermi chip (as the latter is clocked twice as fast). 

PCIe 3.0 is now supported by the mobile Kepler series and an optional Turbo mode can automatically overclock the Nvidia card by a theoretical 15 percent if the laptop cooling system allows it. The implementation of this boost mode is done in the BIOS, but it is ultimately dependent upon the manufacturer of the laptop.


The performance is clearly above the level of the older Quadro 5010M. Compared to the GTX 680M, the clock rates are sligthly lower (depending on the manufacturer), placing the card between the 680M and the Fermi based GTX 675M. Nevertheless, most demanding games of 2012 will run fluently with maxed out details.


The improved feature set now 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.

Using CUDA or OpenCL 1.2, the cores of the Quadro K5000M can be used for general calculations.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK107 core and 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 novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.

The power consumption of the Quadro K5000M is rated at 100 Watt (TGP according to Nvidia) and is therefore suited for large notebooks with 17-inch displays or greater.

Quadro K Series

Quadro K5100M compare 1536 @ 0.77 GHz256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
Quadro K5000M 1344 @ 0.71 GHz256 Bit @ 3000 MHz
Quadro K4100M compare 1152 @ 0.71 GHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Quadro K4000M compare 960 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K3100M compare 768 @ 0.71 GHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Quadro K3000M compare 576 @ 0.65 GHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K2100M compare 576 @ 0.67 GHz128 Bit @ 3000 MHz
Quadro K1100M compare 384 @ 0.71 GHz128 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K620M compare 384 @ 1.03 - 1.12 GHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Quadro K2000M compare 384 @ 0.75 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K1000M compare 192 @ 0.85 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K610M compare 192 @ 0.95 GHz64 Bit @ 2600 MHz
Quadro K510M compare 192 @ 0.85 GHz64 Bit @ 2400 MHz
Quadro K500M compare 192 @ 0.85 GHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Pipelines1344 - unified
Core Speed706 MHz
Memory Speed3000 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4 GB
Shared Memoryno
APIDirectX 11, Shader 5.0, OpenGL 4.1
Power Consumption100 Watt
Transistor Count3.5 Billion
technology28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, OpenCL 1.2, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.06.2012
Link to Manufacturer Page


Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
10.3 pt (10%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06
min: 22348     avg: 23727     median: 24239 (34%)     max: 24595 Points
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 snx-01
min: 38.25     avg: 53.6     median: 61.6 (44%)     max: 63.1 fps
specvp11 tcvis-02 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 tcvis-02
min: 40.79     avg: 52.7     median: 57.1 (96%)     max: 59.7 fps
specvp11 sw-02 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 sw-02
min: 37.1     avg: 49.8     median: 46.8 (57%)     max: 64.7 fps
specvp11 proe-05 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 proe-05
min: 10.82     avg: 14.7     median: 15.3 (64%)     max: 17.16 fps
specvp11 maya-03 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 maya-03
min: 56     avg: 86.5     median: 101 (76%)     max: 112.4 fps
specvp11 lightwave-01 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 lightwave-01
min: 44.87     avg: 59     median: 50.6 (54%)     max: 80.7 fps
specvp11 ensight-04 +
specvp11 catia-03 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 catia-03
min: 38.78     avg: 54.5     median: 50.2 (61%)     max: 69.4 fps
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
- 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
109 112 ~ 111 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
78  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
71  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
49 51 ~ 50 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
311 323 ~ 317 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
232  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
209  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
129 134 ~ 132 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

low 1024x768
252 279 ~ 266 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
121  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
78  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
39 40 ~ 40 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

low 1024x768
261.4 267 ~ 264 fps    + Compare
med. 1280x720
84.9 111 ~ 98 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
37.9 40 ~ 39 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
271 302 ~ 287 fps    + Compare
med. 1360x768
108  fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
97  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
55 58 ~ 57 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

low 800x600
102 402 ~ 252 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
106 340 ~ 223 fps    + Compare
high 1280x1024
103 121 ~ 112 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.

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