NVIDIA GeForce 940M: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce 940M
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed 1072
  • Max video memory 4 GB
  • Memory type DDR3
  • Memory clock speed 2000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2015
Performance 2.85

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce 940M sales 12 March 2015. This is Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at office use. 4 GB of DDR3 memory clocked at 2 GHz are supplied, and together with 64 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 14.4 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. Power consumption is at 75 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

2.85%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

Some basic facts about GeForce 940M: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance rating667
Value for money0.16
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)
GPU code nameN16S-GT-S/B
Market segmentLaptop
Release date12 March 2015 (7 years ago)
Current price$879 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce 940M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce 940M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores384of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1072 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1176 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors1,870 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)75 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate28.22of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance903.2 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce 940M's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizemedium sized
Bus supportPCI Express 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x8

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce 940M: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeDDR3
Maximum RAM amount4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed2000 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth14.4 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce 940M. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce 940M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GPU Boost2.0
Optimus+
GameWorks+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce 940M, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.5of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.1.126
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce 940M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GeForce 940M 2.85
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • Octane Render OctaneBench

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

GeForce 940M 1114

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GeForce 940M 7531

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GeForce 940M 2406

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GeForce 940M 1422

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GeForce 940M 1622

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GeForce 940M 8819

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GeForce 940M 5994

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GeForce 940M 123311

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GeForce 940M 5254

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GeForce 940M 5882

Octane Render OctaneBench

This is a special benchmark measuring graphics card performance in OctaneRender, which is a realistic GPU rendering engine by OTOY Inc., available either as a standalone program, or as a plugin for 3DS Max, Cinema 4D and many other apps. It renders four different static scenes, then compares render times with a reference GPU which is currently GeForce GTX 980. This benchmark has nothing to do with gaming and is aimed at professional 3D graphics artists.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

GeForce 940M 11

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce 940M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 101 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce 940M is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD19
1440p96
4K20

Popular games

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey 4−5
Battlefield 5 17
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
Far Cry 5 11
Far Cry New Dawn 11
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Red Dead Redemption 2 4−5
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 4−5
Battlefield 5 13
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
Far Cry 5 10
Far Cry New Dawn 0−1
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
Metro Exodus 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 4−5
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4−5
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 4−5
Battlefield 5 11
Far Cry 5 10
Far Cry New Dawn 0−1
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Hitman 3 1−2
Horizon Zero Dawn 2−3
Metro Exodus 2−3
Red Dead Redemption 2 2−3
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4−5
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2−3
Far Cry 5 1−2
Forza Horizon 4 2−3
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3−4
Hitman 3 2−3
Horizon Zero Dawn 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 2−3
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 1−2
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 1−2
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1
Far Cry 5 2
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 2−3
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce 940M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 940M from AMD is Radeon R9 M275, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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