NVIDIA Quadro K4000M vs NVIDIA Quadro K3000M

NVIDIA Quadro K4000M

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The NVIDIA Quadro K4000M is a high-end, DirectX 11.1 compatible graphics card for mobile workstations. It is a Kepler-based GPU built on the GK104 chip (but using only 960 shader cores) and is manufactured in 28nm at TSMC. The Quadro K4000M is built for the Intel Chief River generation (Ivy Bridge) and is the successor to the Fermi-based Quadro 4000M (Huron River platform).

The Quadro series offers certified drivers that are optimized for stability and performance in professional applications like CAD or DCC. OpenGL performance, for example, should be significantly better than GeForce graphics cards of similar specifications.

Architecture

The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the K4000M, 5 blocks are active leading to the 960 CUDA cores. Although more shader cores are available in the Kepler architecture as compared to the Fermi design, the Kepler shaders are still expected to be up to twice as power efficient. However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip offer similar performance to just one shader of a Fermi chip (as the latter is clocked twice as fast). 

PCIe 3.0 is now supported by the mobile Kepler series and an optional Turbo mode can automatically overclock the Nvidia card by a theoretical 15 percent if the laptop cooling system allows it. The implementation of this boost mode is done in the BIOS, but it is ultimately dependent upon the manufacturer of the laptop.

Performance

The performance is significantly above the level of the older Quadro 5010M and also beats the GeForce GTX 675M. Therefore, the card will manage both CAD software and demanding 3D games of 2013 in high quality settings.

Features

The improved feature set now includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can now be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a if available. HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK107 core and offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.

The power consumption of the K4000M is rated at 100 Watt (TGP according to Nvidia) and is therefore suited for large-sized notebooks 17-inches or greater.

NVIDIA Quadro K3000M

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The NVIDIA Quadro K3000M is a performance-class, DirectX 11.1-compatible graphics card for mobile workstations. It is a Kepler-based GPU built on the GK104 chip (but using only 576 shader cores) and is manufactured in 28nm at TSMC. The Quadro K3000M is built for the Intel Chief River generation (Ivy Bridge) and is the successor to the Fermi-based Quadro 3000M (Huron River platform).

The Quadro series offers certified drivers that are optimized for stability and performance in professional applications like CAD or DCC. OpenGL performance, for example, should be significantly better than GeForce graphics cards of similar specifications.

Architecture

The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the K3000M, 3 blocks are active leading to the 576 CUDA cores. Although more shader cores are available in the Kepler architecture as compared to the Fermi design, the Kepler shaders are still expected to be up to twice as power efficient. However, due to the missing hot clock of the shader domain, two shaders of a Kepler chip provide similar performance to just one shader of a Fermi chip (as the latter is clocked twice as fast). 

PCIe 3.0 is now supported by the mobile Kepler series and an optional Turbo mode can automatically overclock the Nvidia card by a theoretical 15 percent if the laptop cooling system allows it. The implementation of this boost mode is done in the BIOS, but it is ultimately dependent upon the manufacturer of the laptop.

Performance

The performance is slightly above the older Quadro 4000M based on the fermi architecture. Compared to consumer cards, the K3000M performs similar to the GeForce GT 750M. Games of 2013 can be played fluently in medium or high detail and resolution settings.

Features

The improved feature set now includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can now be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a if available. HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK107 core and offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.

The power consumption of the K3000M is rated at 75 Watt (TGP according to Nvidia) and is therefore suited for medium-sized notebooks 17-inches or greater.

NVIDIA Quadro K4000MNVIDIA Quadro K3000M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
Quadro K Series
Quadro K5100M (compare) 1536 @ 771 MHz256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
Quadro K5000M (compare) 1344 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3000 MHz
Quadro K4100M (compare) 1152 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Quadro K4000M 960 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K3100M (compare) 768 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Quadro K3000M 576 @ 654 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K2100M (compare) 576 @ 667 MHz128 Bit @ 3000 MHz
Quadro K1100M (compare) 384 @ 705 MHz128 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K620M (compare) 384 @ 1029 - 1124 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Quadro K2000M (compare) 384 @ 745 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K1000M (compare) 192 @ 850 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K610M (compare) 192 @ 954 MHz64 Bit @ 2600 MHz
Quadro K510M (compare) 192 @ 846 MHz64 Bit @ 2400 MHz
Quadro K500M (compare) 192 @ 850 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K5100M (compare) 1536 @ 771 MHz256 Bit @ 3600 MHz
Quadro K5000M (compare) 1344 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3000 MHz
Quadro K4100M (compare) 1152 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Quadro K4000M 960 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K3100M (compare) 768 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Quadro K3000M 576 @ 654 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K2100M (compare) 576 @ 667 MHz128 Bit @ 3000 MHz
Quadro K1100M (compare) 384 @ 705 MHz128 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K620M (compare) 384 @ 1029 - 1124 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Quadro K2000M (compare) 384 @ 745 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K1000M (compare) 192 @ 850 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K610M (compare) 192 @ 954 MHz64 Bit @ 2600 MHz
Quadro K510M (compare) 192 @ 846 MHz64 Bit @ 2400 MHz
Quadro K500M (compare) 192 @ 850 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
CodenameN14E-Q3N14E-Q1
ArchitectureKeplerKepler
960 - 576 -
Core600 MHz654 MHz
Memory2800 MHz2800 MHz
Bus256 Bit256 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV PlayOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Size
Introduced01.06.2012 01.06.2012

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
12751 Points (22%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
19058 Points (10%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
2192 Points (8%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
2199 Points (5%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
150781 Points (20%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 3673     avg: 3760     median: 3777 (12%)     max: 3830 points
min: 2645     avg: 2747     median: 2767 (9%)     max: 2809 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 3413     avg: 3466     median: 3466 (7%)     max: 3519 points
min: 2383     avg: 2427     median: 2427 (5%)     max: 2471 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
36.5 fps (14%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
48.5 fps (22%)
min: 33.2     avg: 34.1     median: 34.1 (15%)     max: 35 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
7.6 points (96%)
7.3 points (92%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
7.6 points (96%)
7.3 points (92%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
101 Samples/s (2%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
221 Samples/s (2%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro K4000M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro K3000M → 89%

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

low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
337  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
129  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
98  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K4000M:
57  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
102  fps
70%
Quadro K3000M:
71  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
73  fps
49%
Quadro K3000M:
36  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
62  fps
45%
Quadro K3000M:
28  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K4000M:
36  fps
31%
Quadro K3000M:
11  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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Quadro K3000M:
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F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
Quadro K3000M:
168  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K3000M:
141  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K3000M:
125  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K3000M:
52  fps
Quadro K3000M:
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Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
98  fps
133%
Quadro K3000M:
128 132 ~ 130 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
93  fps
105%
Quadro K3000M:
92 103 ~ 98 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K4000M:
86  fps
106%
Quadro K3000M:
87 95 ~ 91 fps
Quadro K4000M:
»
Quadro K3000M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
89  fps
108%
Quadro K3000M:
96  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
81  fps
104%
Quadro K3000M:
84  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
78  fps
94%
Quadro K3000M:
73  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K4000M:
34  fps
68%
Quadro K3000M:
23  fps
Quadro K4000M:
»
Quadro K3000M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
247  fps
72%
Quadro K3000M:
172 185 ~ 179 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
183  fps
73%
Quadro K3000M:
133 135 ~ 134 fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
158  fps
73%
Quadro K3000M:
113 118 ~ 116 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K4000M:
83  fps
88%
Quadro K3000M:
72 73 ~ 73 fps
Quadro K4000M:
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Quadro K3000M:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
181  fps
88%
Quadro K3000M:
159  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
90  fps
69%
Quadro K3000M:
62  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
54  fps
72%
Quadro K3000M:
39  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K4000M:
29  fps
72%
Quadro K3000M:
21  fps
Quadro K4000M:
»
Quadro K3000M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
98  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
72  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
51  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K4000M:
24  fps
Quadro K4000M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K3000M:
144  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K3000M:
124  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K3000M:
80  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K3000M:
40  fps
Quadro K3000M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K3000M:
176  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K3000M:
92  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K3000M:
34  fps
Quadro K3000M:
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Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
228  fps
100%
Quadro K3000M:
224 230 ~ 227 fps
med. 1280x720
100%
Quadro K4000M:
71  fps
77%
Quadro K3000M:
54.6 55.1 ~ 55 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K4000M:
24  fps
83%
Quadro K3000M:
20.3 20.3 ~ 20 fps
Quadro K4000M:
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Quadro K3000M:
»
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
248  fps
102%
Quadro K3000M:
252  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
115  fps
65%
Quadro K3000M:
75  fps
high 1360x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
69  fps
86%
Quadro K3000M:
59  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K4000M:
48  fps
67%
Quadro K3000M:
32  fps
Quadro K4000M:
»
Quadro K3000M:
»
low 800x600
Quadro K3000M:
98  fps
med. 1360x768
Quadro K3000M:
65  fps
high 1600x900
Quadro K3000M:
33  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K3000M:
10  fps
Quadro K3000M:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
247  fps
114%
Quadro K3000M:
281  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
Quadro K4000M:
92  fps
68%
Quadro K3000M:
63  fps
Quadro K4000M:
»
Quadro K3000M:
»
Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
Quadro K3000M:
341  fps
med. 1024x768
Quadro K3000M:
183  fps
high 1280x1024
Quadro K3000M:
130  fps
Quadro K3000M:
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Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
233  fps
105%
Quadro K3000M:
244  fps
Quadro K4000M:
»
Quadro K3000M:
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
Quadro K4000M:
102  fps
105%
Quadro K3000M:
104 110 ~ 107 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro K4000M:
105  fps
151%
Quadro K3000M:
158 159 ~ 159 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
Quadro K4000M:
98  fps
69%
Quadro K3000M:
67 69 ~ 68 fps
Quadro K4000M:
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Quadro K3000M:
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Average Gaming NVIDIA Quadro K3000M → 85%

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