NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M vs Intel HD Graphics 520

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NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 725
  • Max video memory 4 GB
  • Memory type DDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1800 - 2000
  • Maximum resolution
Intel HD Graphics 520
HD Graphics 520
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Core clock speed 300
  • Max video memory 32768 Mb
  • Memory type DDR3L/LPDDR3/DDR4
  • Memory clock speed System Shared
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 309$
Games supported 58%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating760754
Place by popularityno data11
Value for money0.030.54
ArchitectureKepler (2012−2018)Gen. 9 Skylake (2015−2016)
GPU code nameGK107Skylake GT2
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date1 January 2013 (9 years ago)1 September 2015 (7 years ago)
Current price$1000 $309
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores38424
Core clock speed725 MHz300 MHz
Boost clock speedno data1050 MHz
Number of transistors1,270 million189 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm14 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)33 Watt15 Watt
Texture fill rate23.2025.20
Floating-point performance552.2 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GT 730M and HD Graphics 520 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 sizedno data
Bus supportPCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0no data
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x1

Memory

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

Memory typeDDR3DDR3L/LPDDR3/DDR4
Maximum RAM amount4 GB32 GB
Standard memory configurationDDR3/GDDR5no data
Memory bus width64/128 Bit64/128 Bit
Memory clock speed1800 - 2000 MHzSystem Shared
Memory bandwidth28.8 GB/sno data
Shared memory-+

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsNo outputsNo outputs
eDP 1.2 signal supportUp to 3840x2160no data
LVDS signal supportUp to 1920x1200no data
VGA аnalog display supportUp to 2048x1536no data
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) supportUp to 3840x2160no data
HDMI+no data
HDCP content protection+no data
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI+no data
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming+no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Blu-Ray 3D Support+no data
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder+no data
Optimus+no data
3D Vision / 3DTV Play+no data
Quick Syncno data+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 API12 (12_1)
Shader Model5.16.4
OpenGL4.54.6
OpenCL1.12.1
Vulkan1.1.126+
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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.

GT 730M 2.09
HD Graphics 520 2.13
+1.9%
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU

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%

GT 730M 818
HD Graphics 520 831
+1.6%

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%

GT 730M 6788
+18.6%
HD Graphics 520 5722

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%

GT 730M 1722
+33.1%
HD Graphics 520 1294

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%

GT 730M 7152
+6.7%
HD Graphics 520 6701

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GT 730M 1001
+33.1%
HD Graphics 520 752

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%

GT 730M 1061
+32%
HD Graphics 520 804

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%

GT 730M 86656
+17.6%
HD Graphics 520 73656

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GT 730M and HD Graphics 520. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 31 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

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

900pno data20
Full HD22
+100%
11
−100%

Popular games

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    Medium Preset
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    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
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    Ultra Preset
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Battlefield 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9−10
+0%
9−10
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Battlefield 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9−10
+0%
9−10
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Metro Exodus 1−2
−100%
2−3
+100%
Red Dead Redemption 2 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 3−4
−33.3%
4
+33.3%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Battlefield 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Metro Exodus 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2−3
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2−3
+0%
Hitman 3 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 0−1 0−1
Far Cry 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 0−1 0−1
Watch Dogs: Legion 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 2.09 2.13
Recency 1 January 2013 1 September 2015
Pipelines / CUDA cores 384 24
Chip lithography 28 nm 14 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 33 Watt 15 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M

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Intel HD Graphics 520
Intel HD Graphics 520

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce GT 730M by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GT 730M from AMD is Radeon R9 M280X, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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