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GeForce 820M vs GeForce 840M

Intro

The GeForce 820M comes with clock speeds of 719 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce 840M, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1029 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 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 exactly the same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 840M will be quite a bit (about 115%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 820M. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce 840M is the winner, by a large margin. (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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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 (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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