GeForce 940M: specs and benchmarks

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GeForce 940M provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 2.90% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce 940M sales 12 March 2015. This is a 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.

Primary details

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

Place in performance ranking748
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation0.13
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)
GPU code nameN16S-GT-S/B
Market segmentLaptop
Release date12 March 2015 (9 years ago)
Current price$879 of 168889 (A100 PCIe 80 GB)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

GeForce 940M's specs 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 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
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 (H100 PCIe)
Power consumption (TDP)75 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate28.22of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)
Floating-point performance903.2 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Form factor & compatibility

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

VRAM capacity and type

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 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed2000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth14.4 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
Shared memory-

Connectivity and outputs

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

Supported 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 compatibility

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

Synthetic benchmark performance of GeForce 940M. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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 2.90

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of 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: 25%

GeForce 940M 1122

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 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 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 made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic 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 5807

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 4909

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: 4%

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

Gaming performance

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 across all PC games

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

Full HD21
1440p64
4K20

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 6−7

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 4−5
Battlefield 5 15
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 12
Far Cry New Dawn 15
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
Hitman 3 7−8
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 14
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 4−5
Battlefield 5 5−6
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 10−12
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
Hitman 3 7−8
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 11
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12−14
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 4−5
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 8
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 3−4
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6
Watch Dogs: Legion 3−4

Full HD
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 10

1440p
High Preset

Battlefield 5 5−6
Far Cry New Dawn 3−4
Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
Cyberpunk 2077 1−2
Far Cry 5 4−5
Forza Horizon 4 4−5
Horizon Zero Dawn 8−9
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 3−4
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2

4K
High Preset

Far Cry 5 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 3−4

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 1−2
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 1−2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1−2
Forza Horizon 4 0−1
Horizon Zero Dawn 3−4
Metro Exodus 5−6
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1

4K
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 4−5

Closest competitors

GeForce 940M's performance relative to its closest rivals among notebook graphics cards.


GeForce 940M 100
Radeon 610M 98.62

AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to GeForce 940M is Radeon R9 M275, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our ranking.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce 940M:

GeForce 940M 100
Radeon 610M 98.62

Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with GeForce 940M according to our statistics.

Community ratings

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