NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M vs AMD Radeon 520

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AMD Radeon 520
Radeon 520
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed 1030
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type DDR3, GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2250
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed 810
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type DDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1600 - 1800
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 310$
Games supported 58%

General info

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

Place in performance rating764765
Value for money3.040.11
ArchitectureGCN 1.0 (2012−2020)Kepler (2012−2018)
GPU code nameOlandN14P-GV2, ...
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date21 March 2017
(5 years old)
1 March 2013
(9 years old)
Current price$140 $310
Value for money

To calculate the index we compare the characteristics of graphics cards against their prices.

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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 cores320384
Core clock speed1030 MHz810 MHz
Boost clock speedno data980 MHz
Number of transistors1,040 million915 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)50 Watt45 Watt
Texture fill rate20.6031.36
Floating-point performance659.2 gflops752.6 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon 520 and GeForce GT 740M 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 sizeno datamedium sized
Bus supportno dataPCI Express 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x8PCIe 3.0 x8
Supplementary power connectorsNoneno data

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 typeDDR3, GDDR5DDR3
Maximum RAM amount2 GB2 GB
Standard memory configurationno dataDDR3/GDDR5
Memory bus width64 Bit64/128 Bit
Memory clock speed2250 MHz1600 - 1800 MHz
Memory bandwidth16 GB/s14.4 GB/s
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 Connectors1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x VGANo outputs
eDP 1.2 signal supportno dataUp to 3840x2160
LVDS signal supportno dataUp to 1920x1200
VGA аnalog display supportno dataUp to 2048x1536
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) supportno dataUp to 3840x2160
HDMI++
HDCP content protectionno data+
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMIno data+
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreamingno data+

Technologies

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

Blu-Ray 3D Supportno data+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoderno data+
Optimusno data+
3D Vision / 3DTV Playno data+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12.012 API
Shader Model5.05.1
OpenGL4.64.5
OpenCL1.21.1
Vulkan+1.1.126
CUDAno 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.

Radeon 520 2.01
+0.5%
GT 740M 2.00
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

Radeon 520 787
+0.1%
GT 740M 786

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

Radeon 520 5266
GT 740M 6591
+25.2%

GeForce GT 740M outperforms Radeon 520 by 25% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

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.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

Radeon 520 2017
+9.1%
GT 740M 1848

Radeon 520 outperforms GeForce GT 740M by 9% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

Radeon 520 1233
+16.2%
GT 740M 1061

Radeon 520 outperforms GeForce GT 740M by 16% in 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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

Radeon 520 1319
+14.6%
GT 740M 1151

Radeon 520 outperforms GeForce GT 740M by 15% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

Radeon 520 8413
+13.6%
GT 740M 7403

Radeon 520 outperforms GeForce GT 740M by 14% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

Radeon 520 6311
+75.8%
GT 740M 3590

Radeon 520 outperforms GeForce GT 740M by 76% in GeekBench 5 OpenCL.

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.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

Radeon 520 12
GT 740M 14
+20%

GeForce GT 740M outperforms Radeon 520 by 20% in Unigine Heaven 3.0.

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon 520 and GeForce GT 740M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) no data 44 Mh/s

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:

Full HD15
−6.7%
16
+6.7%

Popular games

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    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Battlefield 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
+0%
10−11
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 0−1 0−1
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
+0%
7−8
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Battlefield 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−11
+0%
10−11
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 0−1 0−1
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Metro Exodus 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
+0%
7−8
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10
+42.9%
7
−42.9%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Battlefield 5 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 0−1 0−1
Forza Horizon 4 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 6
+50%
4
−50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Hitman 3 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Metro Exodus 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 6−7
+0%
6−7
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2−3 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Far Cry 5 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Watch Dogs: Legion 0−1 0−1
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2−3
+0%
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 0−1 0−1
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 0−1 0−1
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
+0%
2−3
+0%
Far Cry 5 3−4
+0%
3−4
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 7−8
+0%
7−8
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%
Watch Dogs: Legion 1−2
+0%
1−2
+0%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 2.01 2.00
Recency 21 March 2017 1 March 2013
Memory bandwidth 16 14.4
Pipelines / CUDA cores 320 384
Thermal design power (TDP) 50 Watt 45 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

AMD Radeon 520
Radeon 520

and

NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
GeForce GT 740M

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of Radeon 520 by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon 520 from NVIDIA is GeForce GT 740M, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M GeForce GT 740M
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Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon 520:

Radeon 520 100
GeForce 920M 92.54

Competitors of GeForce GT 740M by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GT 740M from AMD is Radeon 520, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

AMD Radeon 520 Radeon 520
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