NVIDIA GeForce 930M vs GeForce 940M – benchmarks and gaming tests


Today we are going to compare the overall performance of two GPUs from NVIDIA that are part of the Maxwell generation and are commonly used in entry-level notebooks for multimedia and light gaming. Interestingly, last year NVIDIA didn’t release a GeForce 830M GPU, but this year we’ve got a direct successor of the 840M (940M) going head to head with the 930M.

Both GPUs have a lot in common – they are based on last year’s the 840M graphics card and even sharing the same GPU inside (GM108). Also, we’ve got the same amount of ROPs and shading units (CUDA cores). The most notable difference, however, is the higher memory speed and higher base and boost clock of the GPU. You can see the differences on the table below.

GeForce 930M GeForce 940M
GPU GM108 GM108
GPU frequency 928MHz (941MHz Boost) 1072MHz (1176MHz Boost)
Memory 2GB 4GB
Memory frequency 1800MHz 2000MHz
Memory type DDR3 DDR3
Memory bus width 64-bit 64-bit
TMUs 24 16
ROPs 8 8
Shading units 384 384
Power consumption (TDP) 25W 33W

You can find more detailed information regarding 940M (4GB DDR3) here: http://laptopmedia.com/video-card/nvidia-geforce-940m-4gb-ddr3/

You can find more detailed information regarding 930M (2GB DDR3) here: http://laptopmedia.com/video-card/nvidia-geforce-930m-2gb-ddr3/

Download the latest drivers: http://www.geforce.com/drivers

Benchmark tests

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests


Tomb Raider (768p, Low) Tomb Raider (768p, Medium) Tomb Raider (768p, Max)
GeForce 930M 92 fps 31 fps 15 fps
GeForce 940M 102 fps (+10%) 34 fps (+9%) 18 fps (+17%)


F1 2014 (768p, Low) F1 2014 (768p, Medium) F1 2014 (768p, Max)
GeForce 930M 82 fps 66 fps 39 fps
GeForce 940M 52 fps (-37%) 38 fps (-43%) 37 fps (-5%)


Thief (768p, Low) Thief (768p, Medium) Thief (768p, Max)
GeForce 930M 34 fps 24 fps 14 fps
GeForce 940M 35 fps (+3%) 25 fps (+4%) 15 fps (+7%)


GTA V (768p, Low) GTA V (768p, Medium) GTA V (768p, Max)
GeForce 930M 36 fps 16 fps 9 fps
GeForce 940M 56 fps (+36%) 18 fps (+12%) 8 fps (-12%)
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