NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5): specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)


NVIDIA started Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) sales 1 October 2015. This is Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5.01 GHz are supplied.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 8.93 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)'s architecture, market type and release date.

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GPU code name
Surface Book
Market segment
Launch date
1 October 2015 (5 years ago)

Technical specs

Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)'s general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5)'s performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
954 MHz
Boost clock speed
993 MHz
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm


Parameters of memory installed on Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5): 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
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
Memory bus width
64 Bit
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
5012 MHz
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Shared memory


Technological solutions and APIs supported by Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5). You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.


API support

APIs supported by Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5), sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5). 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.


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Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks.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.


3DMark Fire Strike Score


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.


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.


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.


Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) 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 83% minimum and 70% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


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


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5) from AMD is Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2, which is slower by 4% and lower by 10 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Maxwell GPU Surface Book (940M, GDDR5):

Similar GPUs

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