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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
NVS Series
NVS 4200M 48 @ 0.81 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 3100M 16 @ 0.6 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 2100M compare 16 @ 0.54 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 4200M 48 @ 0.81 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 3100M 16 @ 0.6 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
NVS 2100M compare 16 @ 0.54 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
CodenameN10M-NS
ArchitectureGT2xxFermi
Pipelines16 - unified48 - unified
Core Speed600 MHz810 MHz
Shader Speed1470 MHz1620 MHz
Memory Speed800 MHz800 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3, DDR3DDR3
Max. Amount of Memory512 MB1024 MB
Shared Memorynono
APIDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Power Consumption14 Watt
technology40 nm40 nm
Date of Announcement07.01.2010 22.02.2011
Link to Manufacturer Pagewww.nvidia.comwww.nvidia.com
Notebook Sizemedium sized

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 507     avg: 605     median: 572 (1%)     max: 806 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 496     avg: 519     median: 507 (0%)     max: 541 Points
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 4200M
min: 2142     avg: 2309     median: 2298 (1%)     max: 2443 Points
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 4200M
min: 1819     avg: 1896     median: 1917 (1%)     max: 1969 Points
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 22322     avg: 23582     median: 23455.5 (24%)     max: 25093 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 9254     avg: 10238     median: 10487 (5%)     max: 10700 Points
min: 12527     avg: 12674     median: 12634 (7%)     max: 12860 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 6461     avg: 6928     median: 7046.5 (8%)     max: 7106 Points
min: 9189     avg: 9507     median: 9462 (10%)     max: 9801 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 4200M
min: 4601     avg: 4906     median: 4929 (6%)     max: 5118 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
3DMark 06
min: 3484     avg: 3626     median: 3676 (5%)     max: 3719 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 7.1     avg: 7.5     median: 7.5 (1%)     max: 7.8 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 snx-01
2.2 fps (1%)
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
min: 1.99     avg: 2.4     median: 2.1 (1%)     max: 3.29 fps
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 tcvis-02
0.9 fps (1%)
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
min: 0.7     avg: 0.8     median: 0.8 (0%)     max: 0.97 fps
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 sw-02
5.3 fps (4%)
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
min: 4.4     avg: 5.4     median: 5.1 (4%)     max: 6.68 fps
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 proe-05
1 fps (1%)
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
min: 0.82     avg: 1     median: 1 (1%)     max: 1.12 fps
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 maya-03
4.5 fps (3%)
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
min: 3.04     avg: 4.9     median: 5.4 (4%)     max: 6.27 fps
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 lightwave-01
7.2 fps (8%)
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
min: 6.79     avg: 8.6     median: 9 (10%)     max: 9.97 fps
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 ensight-04
4 fps (2%)
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
min: 5.1     avg: 5.7     median: 5.8 (3%)     max: 6.36 fps
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA NVS 3100M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 catia-03
3.3 fps (2%)
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA NVS 4200M
min: 2.6     avg: 3.2     median: 3.1 (2%)     max: 3.71 fps
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
min: 5.7     avg: 5.9     median: 5.9 (75%)     max: 6 Points
min: 6.4     avg: 6.4     median: 6.4 (81%)     max: 6.5 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
min: 3.9     avg: 4.4     median: 4.5 (56%)     max: 5 Points
min: 4.7     avg: 5.5     median: 5.6 (71%)     max: 6.4 Points
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 4200M
min: 4816     avg: 5327     median: 5185 (4%)     max: 6163 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 4200M
min: 15.5     avg: 16.1     median: 16.1 (6%)     max: 16.71 fps

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA NVS 3100M → 100% n=17

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA NVS 4200M → 134% n=17

- 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.

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
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
Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
med. 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
108.6 116 ~ 112 fps
high 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
74 76 ~ 75 fps
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
low 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
149  fps
med. 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
30  fps
high 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
19  fps
Risen

Risen

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

Need for Speed Shift

2009
med. 1024x768
NVS 4200M:
33  fps
high 1366x768
NVS 4200M:
23  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
184%
NVS 4200M:
43.2 48 ~ 46 fps
high 1360x768
NVS 4200M:
19 19.1 ~ 19 fps
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
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
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 4200M → 162%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 184%

NVIDIA NVS 4200Mlowmed.highultraQHD4K
Anno 207047.717.611.7
Dirt 395362412
Fifa 1111275
Mafia 241282214
StarCraft 21493019
Risen2415
Need for Speed Shift3323
Colin McRae: DIRT 24619
Anno 1404100.712.9
< 30 fps
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< 120 fps
≥ 120 fps

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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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