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NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M

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 380M

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The Nvidia Quadro FX 380M is a professional entry-level graphics card for mobile workstations. It is based on the GeForce 310M and therefore the 3D performance is not very good. Due to special drivers and optimizations, the performance for professional applications should be much better (than the 310M would perform). Another advantage are the certified drivers than ensure a good performance of professional applications without errors.

The card supports DirectX 10.1 and all the features of the G 310M (as it is based on the same GT218 core). Therefore PureVideo HD to decode HD videos with the graphics card is supported. The used Video Processor 4 (VP4) is able to fully decode H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and also MPEG-4 ASP (DivX or xVID) in hardware to minimize CPU load. MPEG-1 is not supported but can be easily handled by every modern CPU.

The gaming performance of the FX380M is similar to the GeForce 310M and therefore located in the entry level class. The professional drivers are however optimized for applications and may therefore deliver a worse performance. Modern 3D games like COD Modern Warfare 2 run only in low details and resolutions fluently. Some demanding games like NFS Shift or GTA4 wont run fluently at all. Less demanding games like SIMS 3 run in medium details and resolutions fluently. Therefore, the graphics card can not be recommended for gamers.

As the FX380M supports CUDA, DirectX Compute 10.1, and OpenCL, the shaders of the graphics processor can be used for other tasks than rendering images (e.g. faster encoding of videos).

The used GT218 core is manufactured in 40nm and based on the desktop GTX 200 architecture.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800MNVIDIA Quadro FX 380M
Quadro FX Series
Quadro FX 3800M compare 128 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M compare 128 @ 0.55 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M compare 96 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M compare 96 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 0.56 GHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M compare 48 @ 0.53 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M compare 48 @ 0.55 GHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M compare 24/8 cores @ 0.58 GHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M compare 24/8 cores @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M compare 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M compare 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M compare 20/7 cores @ 0.38 GHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M compare 32 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M compare 32 @ 0.48 GHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 0.63 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M compare 8 @ 0.58 GHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M compare 16 @ 0.4 GHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M compare 4/3 cores @ 0.45 GHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
Quadro FX 3800M compare 128 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M compare 128 @ 0.55 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M compare 96 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M compare 96 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 0.56 GHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M compare 48 @ 0.53 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M compare 48 @ 0.55 GHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M compare 24/8 cores @ 0.58 GHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M compare 24/8 cores @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M compare 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M compare 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M compare 20/7 cores @ 0.38 GHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M compare 32 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M compare 32 @ 0.48 GHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 0.63 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M compare 8 @ 0.58 GHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M compare 16 @ 0.4 GHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M compare 4/3 cores @ 0.45 GHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
ArchitectureGT2xxGT2xx
Pipelines72 - unified16 - unified
Core Speed560 MHz625 MHz
Shader Speed1125 MHz1530 MHz
Memory Speed1100 MHz800 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3, GDDR5GDDR3, DDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB512 MB
Shared Memorynono
APIDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
Power Consumption45 Watt25 Watt
technology40 nm40 nm
FeaturesPowerMizer 9.0, EnergyStar (3.8W), 16x FSAA Support, CUDA, NVIEW, OpenGL 3.2DirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, certified drivers
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement01.02.2010 07.01.2010
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...
Codenamen10m-glm
Transistors260 Million

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. total
min: 3444     avg: 3452     median: 3451.5 (1%)     max: 3459 Points
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX
min: 2774     avg: 2801     median: 2800.5 (2%)     max: 2827 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
15249 Points (17%)
7095 Points (8%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
3DMark 06
min: 7416     avg: 7573     median: 7572.5 (11%)     max: 7729 Points
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M
3687 Points (5%)
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M
3DMark 06
3690 Points (5%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 snx-01
12.4 fps (9%)
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 tcvis-02
13 fps (22%)
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 sw-02
28.1 fps (34%)
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 proe-05
7.5 fps (31%)
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 maya-03
16.6 fps (13%)
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 lightwave-01
39 fps (42%)
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 ensight-04
12.3 fps (6%)
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
SPECviewperf 11 - specvp11 catia-03
17.5 fps (21%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
6.6 Points (84%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
5 Points (63%)
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit
20 fps (7%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M → 100% n=2

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M → 48% n=2

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