NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M

NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M

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The NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M is a professional middle class graphics card for mobile workstations (about 15"). It is based on the GeForce GT 330M graphics card with slower clock rates and therefore is a DirectX 10.1 chip that is produced in 40nm. 

Due to a special BIOS and professional drivers, the FX 880M should perform noticeably better than a 330M in professional applications (like CAD, DCC, Rendering). Another advantage for professional users are the certified drivers that should ensure a bug free experience with the most common professional applications. Futhermore, the Quadro FX drivers contain profiles for these applications to ensure the best settings (similar to the game profiles in GeForce cards).

The Quadro FX 880M is also based on the GT216 core in 40nm. The shaders are based on the desktop GTX 200 architecture and therefore a bit improved compared to the previous generation cards.

Without load, the Quadro FX 880M is able to downclock to 135 / 270 / 135 MHz (chip / shader / memory clock).

The gaming performance of the FX 880M should be beyond the GT 330M, because of the different drivers. Gamers should choose a GeForce card because of the better game support.

The chip supports Optimus for automatic switching between dedicated and integrated graphics card (e.g. in the new Core i5 CPUs). Still Optimus was for example not integrated in the Lenovo Thinkpad W510.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M

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The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M is a professional graphics card for CAD, DCC and other modeling applications based upon the 8800M GTX consumer card (G92 architecture). It was a high-end card at the time of announcement. Certified drivers grant error-free and faster performance in professional applications. The FX 3600M was later succeeded by the more efficient 55nm FX 2800M and FX 3800M, both of which still utilize the G92 architecture.

The most important aspect of the Quadro FX 3600M is its use "Unified Shaders". There no longer exist any dedicated pixel or vertex shaders. Instead, the FX 3600M uses 64 so-called stream processors to handle most of the graphics work previously processed by pixel and vertex shaders. Furthermore, the shader units are clocked higher than the GPU core (1250 MHz).

The performance of the FX 3600M shoul be higher than the 1600M due to the 256 bit wide memory bus and the high number of Unified Shaders. According to Nvidia, the GPU is best suited for modelling large 3D scenes and complex models.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M

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The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M is a mobile workstation graphics card for high end laptops. It is based on the Geforce GTX 280M core (G92 core) and features 128 CUDA cores (unified shaders).

Compared to the Quadro FX 3700M, the Quadro FX 3800M features a higher clock speed and is manufacturered in 55nm (compared to 65nm of the 3700M). In fact, the FX3800M is clocked even higher than the consumer GeForce GTX 280M and performs notably better as a result.

The Quadro FX series of cards are optimized for professional applications like CAD or DCC. Notably, OpenGL performance should be much improved compared to  consumer GeForce cards of similar specifications.

At the time its announcement (December 2009), the FX 3800M was the fastest workstation graphics card for laptops.

NVIDIA Quadro FX 880MNVIDIA Quadro FX 3600MNVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIANVIDIA
Quadro FX Series
Quadro FX 3800M 128 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M 128 @ 0.55 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M 96 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M 96 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 0.56 GHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M 48 @ 0.53 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M 48 @ 0.55 GHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M 24/8 cores @ 0.58 GHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M 24/8 cores @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M 20/7 cores @ 0.38 GHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M 32 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M 32 @ 0.48 GHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 0.63 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M 8 @ 0.58 GHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M 16 @ 0.4 GHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M 4/3 cores @ 0.45 GHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
Quadro FX 3800M 128 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M 128 @ 0.55 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M 96 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M 96 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 0.56 GHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M 48 @ 0.53 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M 48 @ 0.55 GHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M 24/8 cores @ 0.58 GHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M 24/8 cores @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M 20/7 cores @ 0.38 GHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M 32 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M 32 @ 0.48 GHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 0.63 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M 8 @ 0.58 GHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M 16 @ 0.4 GHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M 4/3 cores @ 0.45 GHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
Quadro FX 3800M 128 @ 0.68 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3700M 128 @ 0.55 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 2800M 96 @ 0.6 GHz256 Bit @ 1000 MHz
Quadro FX 3600M 96 @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1800M 72 @ 0.56 GHz128 Bit @ 1100 MHz
Quadro FX 2700M 48 @ 0.53 GHz256 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 880M 48 @ 0.55 GHz128 Bit @ 790 MHz
Quadro FX 3500M 24/8 cores @ 0.58 GHz256 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 2500M 24/8 cores @ 0.5 GHz256 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 1700M 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1600M 32 @ 0.63 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 1500M 20/7 cores @ 0.38 GHz256 Bit @ 500 MHz
Quadro FX 770M 32 @ 0.5 GHz128 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 570M 32 @ 0.48 GHz128 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 380M 16 @ 0.63 GHz64 Bit @ 800 MHz
Quadro FX 370M 8 @ 0.58 GHz64 Bit @ 700 MHz
Quadro FX 360M 16 @ 0.4 GHz64 Bit @ 600 MHz
Quadro FX 350M 4/3 cores @ 0.45 GHz64 Bit @ 350 MHz
CodenameN10P-GLMNB8E-GLMN10E-GLM4
ArchitectureGT2xxG9xG9x
Pipelines48 - unified96 - unified128 - unified
Core Speed550 MHz500 MHz675 MHz
Shader Speed1210 MHz1250 MHz1688 MHz
Memory Speed790 MHz800 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit256 Bit256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3, DDR3GDDR3GDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB512 MB1024 MB
Shared Memorynonono
DirectXDirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1DirectX 10, Shader 4.0DirectX 10, Shader 4.0
technology40 nm65 nm55 nm
Notebook Sizemedium sizedlargelarge
Date of Announcement07.01.2010 23.02.2008 20.12.2009
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadrofx_36...http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...
Transistors754 Million754 Million
FeaturesPureVideo technology (H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, WMV9 decoding acceleration), HDCP-capable, PowerMizer 7.0 energy administration (dynamic switching between performance and energy saving), HDR (High Dynamic-Range Lighting), designed for Windows Vista, supports Dual-Link DVI-D exits for TFT resolutions up to 2560x1600, LVDS, VGA, HDTV, HDCP, HDMI, PCI-E 16x, OpenGL 2.1, Gigathread technologyOpenGL 2.1, CUDA, PowerMizer 8.0
InformationMXM Factor III

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 28169     avg: 32291     median: 33331 (35%)     max: 34331 Points
41502 Points (43%)
min: 32886     avg: 34790     median: 34790 (36%)     max: 36694 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 18796     avg: 18980     median: 19002 (10%)     max: 19137 Points
26705 Points (14%)
min: 33146     avg: 37082     median: 38191 (20%)     max: 39909 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 13154     avg: 13217     median: 13185 (19%)     max: 13298 Points
min: 13176     avg: 13950     median: 13949.5 (20%)     max: 14723 Points
min: 16593     avg: 18199     median: 18043 (26%)     max: 19960 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3dsmax
47.8 (99%)
32.8 (68%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Catia
47.6 (100%)
45.8 (96%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya
60.1 (32%)
59.7 (32%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks
58.1 (86%)
59.7 (88%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter
24.4 (63%)
38.5 (100%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight
min: 47.37     avg: 47.4     median: 47.4 (100%)     max: 47.369998931884766
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer
min: 51.12     avg: 51.1     median: 51.1 (100%)     max: 51.119998931884766
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS NX
35.3 (72%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
6.4 Points (81%)
6.9 Points (87%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
6.4 Points (81%)
6.9 Points (87%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M → 100% n=5

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600M → 125% n=5

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M → 149% n=5

- 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.

Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
129.2  fps
178%
Quadro FX 3800M:
230.6  fps
high 1360x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
90.5  fps
137%
Quadro FX 3800M:
124.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
50.4  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
155  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
42  fps
high 1360x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
29  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
12  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
58.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
30.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
16.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
9.7  fps
low 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
124.1  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
42.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
35.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
21  fps
Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
75.4  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
29.8 33.4 ~ 32 fps
203%
Quadro FX 3800M:
64.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
18.2 20.6 ~ 19 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
12.7  fps
250%
Quadro FX 3800M:
31.8  fps
Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
med. 1024x768
Quadro FX 3800M:
78.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro FX 3800M:
40.9  fps
Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
79.3  fps
122%
Quadro FX 3800M:
97  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
45.7 47.8 ~ 47 fps
174%
Quadro FX 3800M:
82  fps
high 1360x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
20 39 ~ 30 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
12.8  fps
234%
Quadro FX 3800M:
29.9  fps
Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
59.7 60 131 147.3 ~ 100 fps
143%
Quadro FX 3800M:
142.8  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
19 19.1 20.5 23 ~ 20 fps
310%
Quadro FX 3800M:
61.9  fps
F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
179.6  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
65.9  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
42.3  fps
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
93.3  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
32.4  fps
Racedriver: GRID

Racedriver: GRID

2008
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
48.7  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
28.9  fps
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
225.7  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
60  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
59.9  fps
Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
29.9  fps
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro FX 880M:
28.2  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
Quadro FX 3600M:
98.1  fps
med. 1024x768
Quadro FX 3600M:
59.5  fps
Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
Quadro FX 3600M:
119.5  fps
med. 1024x768
Quadro FX 3600M:
53.2  fps
high 1024x768
Quadro FX 3600M:
29  fps
World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
med. 1024x768
Quadro FX 3600M:
63  fps
high 1024x768
Quadro FX 3600M:
41  fps
F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

2005
low 640x480
Quadro FX 3600M:
503  fps
med. 800x600
Quadro FX 3600M:
230  fps
high 1024x768
Quadro FX 3600M:
103  fps
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
Quadro FX 3600M:
176.5  fps
med. 640x480
Quadro FX 3600M:
177.3  fps
high 800x600
Quadro FX 3600M:
175.1  fps
ultra 1024x768
Quadro FX 3600M:
167.8  fps

Average Gaming NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M → 100%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

Average Gaming NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M → 195%

Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 254%

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