NVIDIA NVS 3100M vs NVIDIA NVS 4200M

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 4200M

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The NVIDIA NVS 4200M (or NVIDIA Quadro NVS 4200M) is a business graphics card for laptops which is most likely based on the same core as the GeForce GT 520M. According to the Nvidia Homepage, the 4200M is allowed to be clocked up to 810MHz, compared to the 550MHz of the GT 520M. However, the clock rates of the NVS 4200M in the Dell Latitude 6420 is similar to the GT 520M.

The NVS series is optimized for business applications and stability and may therefore perform a bit worse in games due to the special drivers and BIOS optimizations.

The gaming performance may be a bit worse compared to similar clocked GeForce cards due to the stability optimizations of the NVS. In theory the raw performance of the chip is enough to run current games of 2010/2011 in low-medium details and resolutions.

As the GT 520M, the NVS4200M should support PureVideo HD (VP4) to accelerate HD videos and OpenCL / CUDA / DirectX Compute to use the render cores for other applications.

The graphics card supports HDMI 1.3 up to 1920x1080 and Multimode DisplayPort up to 2560x1600. Furthermore, 7.1 channel HD audio can be trasmitted over the HDMI port.

NVIDIA NVS 3100MNVIDIA NVS 4200M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
NVS Series
NVS 4200M 48 @ 810 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 3100M 16 @ 600 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 2100M (compare) 16 @ 535 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 4200M 48 @ 810 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 3100M 16 @ 600 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 2100M (compare) 16 @ 535 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
CodenameN10M-NS
ArchitectureGT2xxFermi
16 - 48 -
Core600 MHz810 MHz
Shader1470 MHz1620 MHz
Memory800 MHz800 MHz
Bus64 Bit64 Bit
MemoryGDDR3, DDR3DDR3
Max. Memory512 MB1024 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 10.1, 4.1DirectX 11, 5.0
Technology40 nm40 nm
Introduced07.01.2010 22.02.2011
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/nvs_techspe...http://www.nvidia.com/object/nvs_techspe...
Size

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 507     avg: 605.1     median: 572 (2%)     max: 806 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 496     avg: 518.6     median: 507 (1%)     max: 541 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 22322     avg: 23581.5     median: 23455 (24%)     max: 25093 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 9254     avg: 10238.2     median: 10487 (5%)     max: 10700 Points
min: 12527     avg: 12673.7     median: 12634 (7%)     max: 12860 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 6461     avg: 6928.3     median: 7046 (13%)     max: 7106 Points
min: 9189     avg: 9507.2     median: 9462 (18%)     max: 9801 Points
3DMark 06 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
7.5 fps (3%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
min: 5     avg: 5.9     median: 5 (71%)     max: 6 points
6.4 points (92%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 3     avg: 4.4     median: 4 (57%)     max: 5 points
min: 4     avg: 5.5     median: 5 (71%)     max: 6 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA NVS 4200M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA NVS 3100M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA NVS 4200M → 130%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
47.7  fps
med. 1366x768
NVS 4200M:
17.6  fps
high 1366x768
NVS 4200M:
11.7  fps
NVS 4200M:
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Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
NVS 4200M:
95  fps
med. 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
36  fps
high 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
24  fps
ultra 1920x1080
NVS 4200M:
12  fps
NVS 4200M:
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Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
med. 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
108.6 116 ~ 112 fps
high 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
74 76 ~ 75 fps
NVS 4200M:
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Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
NVS 4200M:
41  fps
med. 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
24.7 31 ~ 28 fps
high 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
19.1 25 ~ 22 fps
ultra 1920x1080
NVS 4200M:
14  fps
NVS 4200M:
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low 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
149  fps
med. 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
30  fps
high 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
19  fps
NVS 4200M:
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Risen

Risen

2009
med. 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
22 25.5 ~ 24 fps
high 1366x768
NVS 4200M:
14 16.1 ~ 15 fps
NVS 4200M:
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Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
med. 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
33  fps
high 1366x768
NVS 4200M:
23  fps
NVS 4200M:
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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
184%
NVS 4200M:
43.2 48 ~ 46 fps
high 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
19 19.1 ~ 19 fps
NVS 3100M:
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NVS 4200M:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
40 58 58 ~ 52 fps
194%
NVS 4200M:
100.7  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
NVS 3100M:
11 12 ~ 12 fps
108%
NVS 4200M:
12.9  fps
NVS 3100M:
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NVS 4200M:
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Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
100%
NVS 3100M:
119 132 ~ 126 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
NVS 3100M:
54 61 ~ 58 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
NVS 3100M:
30 42 ~ 36 fps
NVS 3100M:
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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
NVS 3100M:
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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
NVS 3100M:
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Average Gaming NVIDIA NVS 3100M → 100%

Average Gaming NVIDIA NVS 4200M → 162%

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