NVIDIA GeForce 940MX vs Intel Iris Graphics 540

NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Intel Iris Graphics 540

General info

Comparison of GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Intel Gen. 9 (Skylake)
Code name
N16S-GTR-B / S
 
Skylake GT3e
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
10 March 2016
 
1 September 2015

Technical specs

GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
384
 
48
Core clock speed
1122 MHz
 
300 MHz
Boost Clock
1242 MHz
 
1050 MHz
Transistor count
1,870 million
 
189 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
23 Watt
 
15 Watt
Texture fill rate
23.83 GTexel / s
 
n/d
Floating-point performance
762.6 gflops
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540 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
 
n/d
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
n/d
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x8
 
PCIe 3.0 x1
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
n/d

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540: 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
 
DDR3 / DDR4
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
64 MB
Memory bus width
64 Bit
 
64 / 128 Bit
Memory clock speed
4000 MHz
 
n/d
Memory bandwidth
40.1 GB / s
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
+

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
GameWorks
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
GameWorks
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d
Quick Sync
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GeForce 940MX 1.72
Iris Graphics 540 2.58 +50%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GeForce 940MX 147706 +17.2%
Iris Graphics 540 126078

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GeForce 940MX 11513 +1.6%
Iris Graphics 540 11327

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GeForce 940MX 1834 +35.5%
Iris Graphics 540 1354

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GeForce 940MX 1996 +37.8%
Iris Graphics 540 1448

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GeForce 940MX 2556 +15.6%
Iris Graphics 540 2212

3DMark Vantage Performance

GeForce 940MX 8549
Iris Graphics 540 8828 +3.3%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
102 Mh/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 940MX

Somewhat newer (10 March 2016 vs 1 September 2015)
More pipelines (384 vs 48)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
GameWorks
Optimus Support
NVIDIAGameWorksSupport

Advantages of Intel Iris Graphics 540

50% faster (about 1.5 times) in synthetic tests
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (15 vs 23 watts)
Quick Sync (hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. Speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality)

So, 940MX or Iris Graphics 540?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends Intel Iris Graphics 540.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce 940MX and Iris Graphics 540, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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