NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 370M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M

NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M

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NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M is the version of 7900 GS video card for notebooks, which is optimized for CAD and professional 3D-applications. Technically, it has the same or similar chip (G71 architecture), but with other Bios and support for professional drivers.

The gaming performance is clearly worse than the 7900 GS (because of the application optimizing). Nonetheless, the most modded drivers can be used, so the Quadro FX 1500M is more a 7900 GS (for the operating system).

NVIDIA Quadro FX 370M

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The NVIDIA Quadro FX 370M is an entry level graphics card for mobile workstations (laptops). It is based on the same core as the Quadro NVS 160M and the GeForce 9200M / 9300M GS. The drivers are optimized for OpenGL applications and professional 3D applications like CAD, DCC, and visualization applications. Furthermore, the drivers are certified to work with the most popular apps without problems.

The gaming performance is a bit below the similar 9200M / 9300M chip because of the professional drivers and therefore the GPU is only capable of displaying low end games fluently. Modern intensive 3D games wont run fluently or only with very low detail settings.

As the 9300M series, the Quadro FX 370M supports PureVideo HD to decode (HD) videos in the GPU.

The performance of the chip also depends on the used graphics memory. Either fast GDDR3 memory (clocked at 700 MHz) or slow GDDR2 (with 400MHz) can be used by the laptop manufacturer.

In the Dell Precision M2400, only GDDR2 graphics memory is used, leading to a slow performance (e.g. Doom3 - ultra 40fps). According to Dell the graphics card needs 20 Watt.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M

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The NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M is a upper mid-range professional graphics card for mobile workstations with about 15" displays. It is based on the same chip as the GeForce GT 335M but can be also equipped with fast GDDR5 graphics memory. The FX1800M is shipped with professional drivers and a special BIOS that improves the performance and stability in applications like CAD and DCC.

The certified drivers guarantee flawless and fast working with professional applications like Premiere, Photoshop, After Effect, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, trueSpace, Blender, Catia, IronCAD, Cinema 4D, Lightwave 3D, Softimage, Mathematica ... A list of all certified applications can be found on the Nvidia.com homepage. Compared to GeForce products, the Quadro FX cards offer a significantly better performance, especially for OpenGL based apps.

The gaming performance should be similar to the GeForce GT 335M, altough gamers should choose a GeForce graphics card because of the optimized driver support (that leads to a better performance and less problems in games). Still all modern and demanding games of 2009 should at least run in medium detail settings (see the GeForce GT 335M page for more gaming results).

The chip is manufactured in 40nm and offers 72 1-dimensional unified shaders. These can be compared to about 300-400 5-dimensional shaders in graphics cards by AMD. These processing cores can also be accessed with CUDA, OpenCL, and DirectCompute to use the calculation power for other tasks than rendering images (for example transcoding videos). 

The QuadroFX 1800M also supports PureVideo HD with the new VideoProcessor (VP4) to decode HD videos on the graphics card. This helps reducing CPU load and increasing battery runtimes.

The Quadro FX 1800M also supports the automatic switching between the integrated and dedicated graphics card using Optimus. First mobile workstations do not offer Optimus, as the development cycles of these laptops are very long.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500MNVIDIA Quadro FX 370MNVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIANVIDIA
Quadro FX Series
Quadro FX 3800M 128 @ 675 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M 128 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M 96 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M 96 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 560 MHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M 48 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M 48 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M 24/8 cores @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M 24/8 cores @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M 20/7 cores @ 375 MHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M 32 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M 32 @ 475 MHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M 8 @ 580 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M 16 @ 400 MHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M 4/3 cores @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
Quadro FX 3800M 128 @ 675 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M 128 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M 96 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M 96 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 560 MHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M 48 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M 48 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M 24/8 cores @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M 24/8 cores @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M 20/7 cores @ 375 MHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M 32 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M 32 @ 475 MHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M 8 @ 580 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M 16 @ 400 MHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M 4/3 cores @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
Quadro FX 3800M 128 @ 675 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M 128 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M 96 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M 96 @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 560 MHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M 48 @ 530 MHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M 48 @ 550 MHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M 24/8 cores @ 575 MHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M 24/8 cores @ 500 MHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M 32 @ 625 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M 20/7 cores @ 375 MHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M 32 @ 500 MHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M 32 @ 475 MHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 625 MHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M 8 @ 580 MHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M 16 @ 400 MHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M 4/3 cores @ 450 MHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
CodenameG71GLMNB9M-GLM
ArchitectureG7xGT2xx
20 / 7 8 - 72 -
Core375 MHz580 MHz560 MHz
Memory500 MHz700 MHz1100 MHz
Bus256 Bit64 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR3GDDR2, GDDR3DDR3, GDDR5
Max. Memory512 MB256 MB1024 MB
nonono
DirectXDirectX 9c, 3.0DirectX 10, 4.0DirectX 10.1, 4.1
Transistors278 Million
Technology90 nm65 nm40 nm
Features90nmPowerMizer 9.0, EnergyStar (3.8W), 16x FSAA Support, CUDA, NVIEW, OpenGL 3.2
Size
Introduced18.04.2006 15.08.2008 01.02.2010
PCI-E, 90nmOpenGL 2.1, max. 1920x1200 (digital) bzw 2048x1536 (analog), max. 2 unabhängige Displays, PCI-Express x16, optionale Interfaces (des Chips): DP, VGA, DVI, LVDS, HDMI
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.de/page/quadrofx_go.htmlhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...
Shader1450 MHz1125 MHz

3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
26279 Points (27%)
13622 Points (14%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 14650     avg: 15283     median: 15283 (8%)     max: 15916 Points
5532 Points (3%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 6386     avg: 6666     median: 6400 (12%)     max: 7212 Points
3290 Points (6%)
15249 Points (29%)
3DMark 06 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 370M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3ds Max 1280x1024
12.3 fps (26%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Catia 1280x1024
16.8 fps (36%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight 1280x1024
12 fps (25%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya 1280x1024
27.3 fps (15%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer 1280x1024
13.7 fps (27%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks 1280x1024
21.8 fps (32%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter 1280x1024
6.8 fps (18%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS NX 1280x1024
5.1 fps (11%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
6.6 points (94%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
5 points (71%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA Quadro FX 370M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 370M → 83%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M → 115%

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

F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 1500M:
259  fps
med. 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 1500M:
143  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 1500M:
63  fps
Quadro FX 1500M:
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Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 1500M:
114.5  fps
85%
Quadro FX 370M:
97  fps
med. 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 1500M:
113.6  fps
85%
Quadro FX 370M:
97.1  fps
high 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 1500M:
113.9  fps
57%
Quadro FX 370M:
65.4  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 1500M:
109.3  fps
37%
Quadro FX 370M:
39.9  fps
Quadro FX 1500M:
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Quadro FX 370M:
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Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 1500M:
380.7  fps
Quadro FX 1500M:
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Average Gaming NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M → 100%

Average Gaming NVIDIA Quadro FX 370M → 66%

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