NVIDIA GeForce 940MX: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce 940MX

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce 940MX sales 10 March 2016. This is Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of DDR3, GDDR5 memory clocked at 4 GHz are supplied, and together with 64 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 40.1 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. Power consumption is at 23 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 5.82 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of GeForce 940MX's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.23
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
GPU code name
N16S-GTR-B/S
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
10 March 2016 (5 years ago)
 
Price now
$950
 

Technical specs

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

Pipelines / CUDA cores
384
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1122 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1242 MHz
 
Number of transistors
1,870 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
23 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
23.83
 
Floating-point performance
762.6 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce 940MX'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 size
medium sized
 
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x8
 
Supplementary power connectors
None
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce 940MX: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
DDR3, GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
Memory bus width
64 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
4000 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
40.1 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce 940MX. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 

Technologies

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

GPU Boost
2.0
 
Optimus
+
 
GameWorks
+
 

API support

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

DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
Shader Model
5.1
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
OpenCL
1.2
 
Vulkan
1.1
 
CUDA
+
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce 940MX. 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.

5.82

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.

147706

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.

11513

3DMark Fire Strike Score

1834

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.

1996

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.

2556

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.

8549

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

25

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.

1541

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.

17

Mining hashrates

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

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
102 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce 940MX 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.

This video card matches 77% minimum and 65% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
77%
Recommended
65%
Minimum
77%
Recommended
65%

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

1080p
 
18
 
4K
 
10
 

AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce 940MX's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX Vega 10, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce 940MX:

Conclusion

GeForce 940MX is an entry notebook discrete video card, suitable for non-demanding games and even for some demanding ones, although with lower settings. You can play The Witcher 3 or PUBG at lowest settings and 720p resolution, while older Dota 2 or Diablo III run at high settings in Full HD.

There are two variants, one with DDR3 memory and one with GDDR5, the later is faster by 10-30%.

Video of popular games running on 940MX (with DDR3 memory):

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