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GeForce 820M vs GeForce 840M

Intro

The GeForce 820M features a clock frequency of 719 MHz and a DDR3 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 840M, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1029 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

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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 840M 1600 points
GeForce 820M 850 points
Difference: 750 (88%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 820M 15 Watts
GeForce 840M 30 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (100%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce 840M will be much (more or less 115%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 820M. (explain)

GeForce 840M 24696 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 820M 11504 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 13192 (115%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 840M will be much (about 186%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce 820M, and will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 840M 8232 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 820M 2876 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5356 (186%)

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 840M

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 820M GeForce 840M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year February 2014 March 12 2014
Code Name GF117 GM108
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 719 MHz 1029 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 15 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 16000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11504 Mtexels/sec 24696 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2876 Mpixels/sec 8232 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 820M

Amazon.com

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GeForce 840M

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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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