NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M vs MX230

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
NVIDIA GeForce MX230

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Fermi
 
Pascal
Code name
N11E-GTX-A3
 
GP108
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
25 May 2010
 
15 February 2019

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
352
 
384
Core clock speed
850 MHz
 
1519 MHz
Boost Clock
no data
 
1531 MHz
Transistor count
3000 Million
 
1,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
10 Watt
Texture fill rate
18.7 billion / sec
 
25.31 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
598.4 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230 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
large
 
medium sized
Bus support
PCI-E 2.0
 
no data
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
None
SLI options
2-way
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230: 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
GDDR5
 
GDDR5 / DDR3
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
64 Bit
Memory clock speed
1200 MHz
 
7000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
76.8 GB / s
 
48.06 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
no data

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
-
GPU Boost
no data
 
+
GameWorks
-
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
CUDA
+
 
+
SLI
+
 
no data
GeForce Experience
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 API
 
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.1
 
no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 480M 5.91 +3.1%
GeForce MX230 5.73

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 480M 2185
GeForce MX230 3364 +54%

Passmark

GTX 480M 2050 +3.2%
GeForce MX230 1987

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 480M and GeForce MX230 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M

3.1% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 64 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (76.8 vs 48.06 GB/s)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
3D Vision
3D Vision Surround

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce MX230

Much newer (15 February 2019 vs 25 May 2010)
More pipelines (384 vs 352)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)
Less power hungry (10 vs 100 watts)
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)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
GameWorks
Optimus Support

So, GTX 480M or MX230?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M and NVIDIA GeForce MX230. The differences in performance seem too small.
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