NVIDIA Quadro K610M vs NVIDIA Quadro K500M

NVIDIA Quadro K610M

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The NVIDIA Quadro K610M is a DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.3 compatible graphics card for mobile workstations. It is a Kepler-based GPU built on the GK107 chip with 192 out of 384 shader cores activated and is manufactured in 28nm at TSMC. The Quadro K610M is built for the Intel Shark Bay generation (Haswell) and is a successor to the Quadro K500M (Chief River platform). As a new feature, PCIe 3.0 is supported for the first time. The K610M usually comes with 1 GB GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 650 MHz (2600 MHz effective, 20.8 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 GK107 Kepler core offers two shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the K610M, only one block is active leading to the 192 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 K500M (which has only DDR3 memory) and similar to the consumer GeForce GT 720M. However, most demanding games of 2013 will run fluently only in low detail settings.

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. Please note: The K610M does not supprt 3D Vision Pro.

Using CUDA or OpenCL 1.2, the cores of the Quadro K610M can be used for general calculations.

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 Quadro K610M is rated at a TGP of 30 W including the board and memory components. Therefore, the card is suited for medium-sized notebooks with 15-inch displays or greater.

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 K610MNVIDIA Quadro K500M
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 compare 576 @ 667 MHz128 Bit @ 3000 MHz
Quadro K1100M compare 384 @ 705 MHz128 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K620M compare 384 @ 1029 - 1124 MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Quadro K2000M compare 384 @ 745 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K1000M compare 192 @ 850 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K610M 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 compare 576 @ 667 MHz128 Bit @ 3000 MHz
Quadro K1100M compare 384 @ 705 MHz128 Bit @ 2800 MHz
Quadro K620M compare 384 @ 1029 - 1124 MHz64 Bit @ 2000 MHz
Quadro K2000M compare 384 @ 745 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K1000M compare 192 @ 850 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 MHz
Quadro K610M 192 @ 954 MHz64 Bit @ 2600 MHz
Quadro K510M compare 192 @ 846 MHz64 Bit @ 2400 MHz
Quadro K500M 192 @ 850 MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
ArchitectureKeplerKepler
Cores192 - unified192 - unified
Core954 MHz850 MHz
Memory2600 MHz1800 MHz
Bus64 Bit64 Bit
MemoryGDDR5DDR3 / GDDR5
Max. Memory1024 MB2048 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Transistors1270 Million1300 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm
FeaturesOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, OpenCL 1.2, 3DTV PlayOptimus, PhysX, Verde Drivers, CUDA, 3D Vision, 3DTV Play
Size1/31/3
Introduced23.07.2013 01.06.2012
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.de/page/quadrofx_go.html
CodenameN14M-Q1
118mm2, CUDA, OpenCL 1.2, OpenGL 4.3

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
4.7 pt (5%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 5970     avg: 6052     median: 6051.5 (9%)     max: 6133 Points
min: 5970     avg: 6051.5     median: 6051.5 (9%)     max: 6133 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 5836     avg: 5838     median: 5837.5 (3%)     max: 5839 Points
min: 5836     avg: 5837.5     median: 5837.5 (3%)     max: 5839 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 711     avg: 713     median: 712.5 (2%)     max: 714 Points
min: 711     avg: 712.5     median: 712.5 (2%)     max: 714 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 752     avg: 756     median: 755.5 (2%)     max: 759 Points
min: 752     avg: 755.5     median: 755.5 (2%)     max: 759 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 46346     avg: 46512     median: 46512 (6%)     max: 46678 Points
min: 46346     avg: 46512     median: 46512 (6%)     max: 46678 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 1283     avg: 1295     median: 1294.5 (3%)     max: 1306 Points
min: 1283     avg: 1294.5     median: 1294.5 (3%)     max: 1306 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 1134     avg: 1144     median: 1143.5 (2%)     max: 1153 Points
min: 1134     avg: 1143.5     median: 1143.5 (2%)     max: 1153 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
9.4 fps (3%)
9.4 fps (3%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
9.2 fps (4%)
9.2 fps (4%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
13.8 fps (3%)
13.8 fps (3%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
6.8 Points (86%)
6.8 Points (86%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
min: 5.7     avg: 6.3     median: 6.3 (79%)     max: 6.8 Points
min: 5.7     avg: 6.3     median: 6.3 (79%)     max: 6.8 Points
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K610M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA Quadro K500M
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
102 Samples/s (1%)
102 Samples/s (1%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
48 Samples/s (0%)
48 Samples/s (0%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro K610M → 100% n=27

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA Quadro K500M → 100% n=27

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

low 1280x720
100%
Quadro K610M:
44  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
32  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
13  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
8  fps
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
99.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
50.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
35.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
12.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
21.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
16.1  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
9.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
4.8  fps
low 1280x720
100%
Quadro K610M:
52.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
26.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
22.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
6  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
66.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
31.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
20.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
4.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
33  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
26  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
38.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
23  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
14.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
7.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
119  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
31  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
22  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
9  fps
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
73  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
58  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
52  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
21  fps
Torchlight 2

Torchlight 2

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
48  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
109  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
47  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
54.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
40.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
14.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
76  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
48  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
32  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
9  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
69  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
47  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
43  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
25  fps
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
26.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
16  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
6  fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
62  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
31  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
19  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
72  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
48  fps
high 1366x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
23  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
11  fps
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

2011
low 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
131.5  fps
med. 1280x720
100%
Quadro K610M:
23.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
7.5  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
Quadro K610M:
345  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
Quadro K610M:
132  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
Quadro K610M:
27  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
Quadro K610M:
12  fps

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Average Gaming 30-70 fps → 100%

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