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GeForce 820M vs GeForce 940M

Intro

The GeForce 820M has a core clock frequency of 719 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce 940M, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1072 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this model. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 TAUs and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce 940M 1740 points
GeForce 820M 850 points
Difference: 890 (105%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 940M is a lot (approximately 124%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 820M. (explain)

GeForce 940M 25728 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 820M 11504 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14224 (124%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 940M is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce 940M 8576 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 820M 2876 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5700 (198%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 820M

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GeForce 940M

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 820M GeForce 940M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year February 2014 March 12 2015
Code Name GF117 GM108
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 719 MHz 1072 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 15 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11504 Mtexels/sec 25728 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2876 Mpixels/sec 8576 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 24
Render Output Units 4 8
Bus Type DDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 820M

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GeForce 940M

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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