NVIDIA Quadro K500M vs NVIDIA Quadro K4000M

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 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 K500MNVIDIA Quadro K4000M
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 (compare) 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 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 (compare) 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 192 @ 850 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
CodenameN14M-Q1N14E-Q3
ArchitectureKeplerKepler
192 - 960 -
Core850 MHz600 MHz
Memory1800 MHz2800 MHz
Bus64 Bit256 Bit
MemoryDDR3 / GDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory2048 MB4096 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Transistors1300 Million
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
118mm2, CUDA, OpenCL 1.2, OpenGL 4.3

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
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 3413     avg: 3466     median: 3466 (7%)     max: 3519 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
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%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
7.6 points (109%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
7.6 points (109%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
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%

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

low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
337  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
129  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
98  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K4000M:
57  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
102  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
73  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
62  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K4000M:
36  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
98  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
93  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K4000M:
86  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
89  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
81  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
78  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K4000M:
34  fps
Quadro K4000M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
247  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
183  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
158  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K4000M:
83  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
181  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
90  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
54  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K4000M:
29  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
98  fps
med. 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
72  fps
high 1366x768
Quadro K4000M:
51  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K4000M:
24  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
228  fps
med. 1280x720
Quadro K4000M:
71  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K4000M:
24  fps
Quadro K4000M:
»
low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
248  fps
med. 1360x768
Quadro K4000M:
115  fps
high 1360x768
Quadro K4000M:
69  fps
ultra 1920x1080
Quadro K4000M:
48  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
247  fps
ultra 1280x1024
Quadro K4000M:
92  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
233  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
Quadro K4000M:
102  fps
med. 1024x768
Quadro K4000M:
105  fps
high 1280x1024
Quadro K4000M:
98  fps
Quadro K4000M:
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