NVIDIA Quadro K500M vs NVIDIA Quadro K2100M

NVIDIA Quadro K500M

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The NVIDIA Quadro K500M is an entry-level, DirectX 11.1-compatible graphics card for mobile workstations. It is a Kepler-based GPU built on the GK107 architecture and is manufactured in 28nm at TSMC. Compared to the K2000M, the K500M only features a 64-Bit memory bus and 192 shader cores instead of 384. The Quadro K500M is built for the Intel Chief River generation (Ivy Bridge) and is the successor to the Fermi-based Quadro 1000M (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 GK107 Kepler core offers two shader blocks, called SMX, each with 192 shaders for a total of 384 shader cores that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. The K500M, however, offers only one SMX with 192 shaders. 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 are about as fast as 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 gaming performance should be similar to the consumer GeForce GT 620M.

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 K500M is rated at 35 Watt (TGP according to Nvidia) and therefore suited for medium-sized notebooks of 15-inches or greater.

NVIDIA Quadro K2100M

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The NVIDIA Quadro K2100M is a DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.3 compatible graphics card for mobile workstations. It is a Kepler-based GPU built on the GK106 chip with 576 out of 960 shader cores activated and is manufactured in 28nm at TSMC. The Quadro K2100M is built for the Intel Shark Bay generation (Haswell) and is a successor to the Quadro K2000M (Chief River platform). As a new feature, PCIe 3.0 is supported for the first time. The K2100M usually comes with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 750 MHz (3000 MHz effective, 48.0 GB/s). 

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 with 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 GK106 Kepler core offers five shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the K2100M, 3 of 5 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 offer similar performance to just one shader of a Fermi chip (as the latter is clocked twice as fast).

Performance

The performance is clearly above the old Quadro K2000M, but slightly below the Quadro K3000M. This places the K2100M near the consumer GT 750M GPU. Therefore, most demanding games of 2013 will run fluently with medium or high details.

Features

The improved feature set now includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840 x 2160 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.

Using CUDA or OpenCL 1.2, the cores of the Quadro K2100M can be used for general calculations.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK106 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 Quadro K2100M is rated at a TGP of 55 W including the board and memory components. Therefore, the card is suited for medium-sized notebooks with 15-inch displays or greater.

NVIDIA Quadro K500MNVIDIA Quadro K2100M
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 (compare) 960 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K3100M (compare) 768 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Quadro K3000M (compare) 576 @ 654 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K2100M 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 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 (compare) 960 @ 600 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K3100M (compare) 768 @ 706 MHz256 Bit @ 3200 MHz
Quadro K3000M (compare) 576 @ 654 MHz256 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K2100M 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 192 @ 850 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
CodenameN14M-Q1
ArchitectureKeplerKepler
192 - 576 -
Core850 MHz667 MHz
Memory1800 MHz3000 MHz
Bus64 Bit128 Bit
MemoryDDR3 / GDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Transistors1300 Million2540 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV PlayOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, OpenCL 1.2, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Size
Introduced01.06.2012 23.07.2013
118mm2, CUDA, OpenCL 1.2, OpenGL 4.3
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/mobile-work...

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 9273     avg: 9970.4     median: 10047 (17%)     max: 10500 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 10654     avg: 11766     median: 11835 (6%)     max: 12292 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 1504     avg: 1580.3     median: 1553 (6%)     max: 1738 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 1554     avg: 1641     median: 1606 (4%)     max: 1843 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 46451     avg: 77184     median: 72436 (10%)     max: 106617 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 2553     avg: 2616     median: 2626 (8%)     max: 2659 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 2363     avg: 2396     median: 2393.5 (5%)     max: 2434 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 22.5     avg: 23.1     median: 23.2 (9%)     max: 23.6 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 20.4     avg: 21.5     median: 21.7 (13%)     max: 22.3 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 30.8     avg: 31.4     median: 31.4 (14%)     max: 32 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
min: 6.9     avg: 7.1     median: 7.1 (90%)     max: 7.1 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 5.3     avg: 6.6     median: 7 (89%)     max: 7.1 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K2100M
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 67     avg: 70.8     median: 70.5 (1%)     max: 75 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 145     avg: 151.5     median: 150 (1%)     max: 160 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
1586 Points (6%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro K2100M → 100%

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

Anno 2205

Anno 2205

2015
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
54  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
33  fps
high 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
14  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
26  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
18  fps
high 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
9  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
225  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
60  fps
high 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
25  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
32  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
23  fps
high 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
11  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1280x720
Quadro K2100M:
67  fps
med. 1344x756
Quadro K2100M:
34  fps
high 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
17  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
16  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
137 268 ~ 203 fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
75 102 ~ 89 fps
high 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
40 43 ~ 42 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
21 22 ~ 22 fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
36  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
26.5  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
23.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
12.5  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
68.2 108.5 ~ 88 fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
51.2 82.1 ~ 67 fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
41.3 63.9 ~ 53 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
8.2 10.4 ~ 9 fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1280x720
Quadro K2100M:
82  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
69  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
33  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
19  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
13.7 30.8 ~ 22 fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
12.7 26.3 ~ 19 fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
11.7 18.6 ~ 15 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
6.1 7.6 ~ 7 fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
192  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
107  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
76  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
25  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
48 55.2 ~ 52 fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
37 43.3 ~ 40 fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
22 24.9 ~ 23 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
11 12.9 ~ 12 fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1280x720
Quadro K2100M:
106  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
60  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
51  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
14  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
104.3 133 135.8 ~ 124 fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
73 74 75.2 ~ 74 fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
47 49.9 50.3 ~ 49 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
10 21 21.3 ~ 17 fps
Quadro K2100M:
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Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
85  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
57  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
35  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
17  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
57  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
52  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
15  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
65  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
46  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
30  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
18  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
124  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
70  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
54  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
23  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
172  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
132  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
114  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
50  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
127  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
82  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
62  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
36  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
174  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
120  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
112  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
119  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
85  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
34  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
9  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
96  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
92  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
56  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
23  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
163 176 ~ 170 fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
124 124 ~ 124 fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
98 102 ~ 100 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
57 64 ~ 61 fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
63  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
28  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
14  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
148 198 ~ 173 fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
61 62 ~ 62 fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
38 39 ~ 39 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
19 19 ~ 19 fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
157  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
112  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K2100M:
81  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
29  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
258  fps
med. 1280x720
Quadro K2100M:
51  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
19  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
342  fps
med. 1360x768
Quadro K2100M:
95  fps
high 1360x768
Quadro K2100M:
58  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
31  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
Quadro K2100M:
723  fps
med. 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
185  fps
high 1280x1024
Quadro K2100M:
116  fps
Quadro K2100M:
»
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
Quadro K2100M:
253 321 ~ 287 fps
med. 1024x768
Quadro K2100M:
208 248 ~ 228 fps
high 1280x1024
Quadro K2100M:
58 66 ~ 62 fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K2100M:
31 31 ~ 31 fps
Quadro K2100M:
»

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