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NVIDIA Quadro K5100M

NVIDIA Quadro K5100M

The NVIDIA Quadro K5100M is a high-end, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.3 compatible graphics card for mobile workstations. It is a Kepler-based GPU built on the GK104 chip with all 1536 shader cores activated and is manufactured in 28nm at TSMC. The Quadro K5100M is built for the Intel Shark Bay generation (Haswell) and as a successor to the Quadro K5000M (Chief River platform). As a new feature, PCIe 3.0 is supported for the first time. The K5100M usually comes with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective, 115.2 GB/s). 

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 compared to 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 K5100M, all 8 blocks are active leading to the 1536 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).


The 3D gaming performance of the K5100M is clearly above the old Quadro K5000M, but about 10 percent below the slightly higher clocked GTX 780M. Nevertheless, most demanding games of 2013 will run fluently with maxed out details and very high resolutions.


The improved feature set now includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840 x 2160 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 K5100M can be used for general calculations.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK104 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.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the Quadro K5100M is rated at a TGP of 100 W including the board and memory components. Therefore, the card is suited for large notebooks with 17-inch displays or greater.

Quadro K Series

Quadro K5100M 1536 @ 0.77 GHz256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
Quadro K5000M compare 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
Pipelines1536 - unified
Core Speed771 MHz
Memory Speed3600 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory8 GB
Shared Memoryno
APIDirectX 11, Shader 5.0, OpenGL 4.3
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 Announcement23.07.2013
Link to Manufacturer


Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
2.2 pt (7%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 4392     avg: 4444     median: 4467 (8%)     max: 4473 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06
min: 24627     avg: 24910     median: 24910 (33%)     max: 25193 Points
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 +
specvp11 tcvis-02 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 tcvis-02
min: 48.74     avg: 49.5     median: 49.5 (28%)     max: 50.3 fps
specvp11 sw-02 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 sw-02
min: 49.03     avg: 53.6     median: 53.6 (41%)     max: 58.1 fps
specvp11 proe-05 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 proe-05
min: 11.01     avg: 13.4     median: 13.4 (16%)     max: 15.77 fps
specvp11 maya-03 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 maya-03
min: 57.6     avg: 70.7     median: 70.7 (53%)     max: 83.7 fps
specvp11 lightwave-01 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 lightwave-01
min: 52     avg: 59.4     median: 59.4 (64%)     max: 66.7 fps
specvp11 ensight-04 +
specvp11 catia-03 +
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 catia-03
min: 47.91     avg: 55.9     median: 55.9 (29%)     max: 63.9 fps
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 +
specvp12 snx-02 +
specvp12 showcase-01 +
specvp12 mediacal-01 +
specvp12 maya-04 +
specvp12 energy-01 +
specvp12 creo-01 +
specvp12 catia-04 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 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 1280x720
65  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
54  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
33  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
23  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
11  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
70.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
44  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
25  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.5  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
9.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
401.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
147.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
81.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
39  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
32.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
184.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
145.5  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
58.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
37.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.


low 1024x768
103.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
79.1  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
43.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
38.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
143.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
103.5  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
37.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
25.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

low 1024x768
112.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
89.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
40.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
31  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
58.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
42.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
28.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..