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NVIDIA NVS 3100M vs NVIDIA NVS 2100M

NVIDIA NVS 3100M

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The Nvidia NVS 3100M or Nvidia Quadro NVS 3100M is a business graphics card that is based on the GT218 core (e.g. GeForce G210M / 310M) but with drivers that are optimized for stability and compatibility in business applications).

Therefore, it is an entry level graphics card with low 3D performance that should be sufficient for low end games and demanding games in very low detail settings and resolutions. For example the old FEAR ran on a G210M in medium to high details fluently. Still, because of the "business drivers" and the slightly lower clock rate, the gaming performance of the NVS3100M may be worse.

The NVS 3100M supports PureVideo HD (with Video Processor VP4) to decode HD videos in the formats H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 ASP using the GPU. This helps reducing the CPU load and should lead to higher battery runtimes when viewing HD videos.

The chip should also support CUDA and DirectX Compute to access the computing power of the graphics card for general tasks (like encoding a video).

The power consumption of approx. 14 Watt (TDP of G210M) is relatively high for a business notebook, but compared to integrated graphic cards, the NVS 3100M should still provide more 3D performance.

NVIDIA NVS 2100M

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The Nvidia Quadro NVS 3100M is a business graphics card that is based on the GT218 core (e.g. GeForce G210M / NVS 3100M) but with drivers that are optimized for stability and compatibility in business applications). Compared to the NVS 3100M, the NVS 2100M features a lower clock rate and therefore a bit slower performance.

Therefore, it is an entry level graphics card with low 3D performance that should be sufficient for low end games and demanding games in very low detail settings and resolutions. For example the old FEAR ran on a (faster) G210M in medium to high details fluently. Still, because of the "business drivers", the gaming performance of the NVS2100M may be worse.

The NVS 2100M supports PureVideo HD (with Video Processor VP4) to decode HD videos in the formats H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 ASP using the GPU. This helps reducing the CPU load and should lead to higher battery runtimes when viewing HD videos.

The chip should also support CUDA and DirectX Compute to access the computing power of the graphics card for general tasks (like encoding a video).

The power consumption of under 14 Watt (TDP of G210M) is relatively high for a business notebook, but compared to integrated graphic cards, the NVS 2100M should still provide more 3D performance.

NVIDIA NVS 3100MNVIDIA NVS 2100M
NVS Series
NVS 4200M compare 48 @ 0.81 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 3100M 16 @ 0.6 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 2100M 16 @ 0.54 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 4200M compare 48 @ 0.81 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 3100M 16 @ 0.6 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 2100M 16 @ 0.54 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
CodenameN10M-NS
ArchitectureGT2xxGT2xx
Pipelines16 - unified16 - unified
Core Speed600 MHz535 MHz
Shader Speed1470 MHz1230 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3, DDR3GDDR3, DDR3
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB512 MB
Shared Memorynono
APIDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Power Consumption14 Watt
technology40 nm40 nm
Date of Announcement07.01.2010 07.01.2010
Link to Manufacturer Pagewww.nvidia.comwww.nvidia.com

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
min: 1101     avg: 1120     median: 1120.5 (0%)     max: 1135 Points
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA NVS 2100M
992 Points (0%)
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
min: 853     avg: 868     median: 869.5 (0%)     max: 874 Points
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA NVS 2100M
769 Points (0%)
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 22322     avg: 23582     median: 23455.5 (24%)     max: 25093 Points
min: 18589     avg: 20086     median: 20085.5 (21%)     max: 21582 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 9254     avg: 10238     median: 10487 (5%)     max: 10700 Points
min: 9591     avg: 9597     median: 9597 (5%)     max: 9603 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 6461     avg: 6928     median: 7046.5 (8%)     max: 7106 Points
min: 6439     avg: 6443     median: 6442.5 (7%)     max: 6446 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
3DMark 06
3698 Points (5%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
3DMark 06
min: 3216     avg: 3261     median: 3257 (4%)     max: 3294 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA NVS 2100M
2971 Points (4%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
3DMark 06
min: 3484     avg: 3626     median: 3676 (5%)     max: 3719 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + NVIDIA NVS 2100M
3375 Points (4%)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + NVIDIA NVS 2100M
3DMark 06
3449 Points (5%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 snx-01
2.2 fps (1%)
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 tcvis-02
0.9 fps (1%)
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 sw-02
5.3 fps (4%)
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 proe-05
1 fps (1%)
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 maya-03
4.5 fps (3%)
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 lightwave-01
7.2 fps (8%)
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 ensight-04
4 fps (2%)
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 catia-03
3.3 fps (2%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
min: 5.7     avg: 5.9     median: 5.9 (75%)     max: 6 Points
5.7 Points (72%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
min: 3.9     avg: 4.4     median: 4.5 (56%)     max: 5 Points
4.9 Points (62%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit)
min: 2888     avg: 3556     median: 3374.5 (2%)     max: 4340 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA NVS 2100M
min: 3000     avg: 3084     median: 3084 (2%)     max: 3168 Points
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
min: 8.07     avg: 8.3     median: 8.3 (3%)     max: 8.56 fps
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA NVS 2100M
min: 7.13     avg: 7.1     median: 7.1 (2%)     max: 7.15 fps

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA NVS 3100M → 100% n=11

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA NVS 2100M → 92% n=11

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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
NVS 2100M:
26  fps
med. 1366x768
NVS 2100M:
12  fps
Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
NVS 3100M:
32 41 ~ 37 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
25  fps
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
40 58 58 ~ 52 fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
NVS 3100M:
11 12 ~ 12 fps
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
100%
NVS 3100M:
119 132 ~ 126 fps
74%
NVS 2100M:
93  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
54 61 ~ 58 fps
52%
NVS 2100M:
30  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
NVS 3100M:
30 42 ~ 36 fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
54 56 ~ 55 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
19 20 ~ 20 fps
high 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
10 11 ~ 11 fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
48 50 ~ 49 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
19 20 ~ 20 fps
high 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
9.7  fps

Average Gaming NVIDIA NVS 3100M → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming NVIDIA NVS 2100M → 63%

NVIDIA NVS 2100Mlowmed.highultraQHD4K
Battlefield: Bad Company 22612
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare9330
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NVIDIA NVS 3100Mlowmed.highultraQHD4K
Colin McRae: DIRT 23725
Anno 14045212
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare1265836
Crysis - GPU Benchmark552011
Crysis - CPU Benchmark49209.7
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