NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book videocard review. Benchmark and Specs

NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book graphics card (also called GPU) comes in 364 in the performance rating. It is a good result. The videocard NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book runs with the minimal clock speed 954 MHz. It is featured by the acceleration option and able to run up to 993 MHz. The manufacturer has equipped NVIDIA with GB of 1 GB memory, clock speed 5012 MHz and bandwidth .

The power consumption of the video card is , and the fabrication process is only 28 nm. Below you will find the main data on the compatibility, sizes, technologies and gaming performance test results. Also you can read and leave the comments.

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General info

The basic set of information will help you find out the videocard’s release date and its purpose (laptops or PCs), as well as the price at the time of the release and the average current price. This data also includes the architecture employed by the producer, and the chip’s codename.

Place in performance rating: 409
Architecture: Maxwell
Code name: Surface Book
Type: Laptop
Release date: 1 October 2015

Technical specs

This is the important information that defines the videocard’s capacity. The simpler the device production process, the better. The core’s power frequency is responsible for its speed (direct correlation) while the elaboration of signals is performed by the transistors (the more transistors, the faster the computations are carried out).

Pipelines: 384
Core clock speed: 954 MHz
Boost Clock: 993 MHz
Manufacturing process technology: 28 nm

Memory

The internal main memory is used for storing data while conducting computations. Contemporary games and professional graphic apps have high requirements for the memory’s volume and capacity. The higher this parameter, the more powerful and fast the videocard is. Type of memory, the capacity and bandwidth for NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book

Memory type: GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount: 1 GB
Memory bus width: 64 Bit
Memory clock speed: 5012 MHz
Shared memory: -

Technologies

Each graphic card manufacturer complements its products with branded technologies that are used both in games and in the working process. Below is the list of peculiar features that you may find rather useful.

GPU Boost: +
CUDA: +
GeForce Experience: +
Optimus: +

API support

All API-supported NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book are listed below.

DirectX: DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0

Overall gaming performance

All tests have been based on FPS counter. Let’s have a look on what place NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book has been taken in the gaming performance test (calculation has been made in accordance with the game developer recommendations about system requirements; it can differ from the real world situations).


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Legend
5 Stutter – The performance of this video card with this game is not well explored yet. According to interpolated information obtained from video cards of similar efficiency levels, the game is likely to stutter and show low frame rates.
May Stutter – The performance of this video card with this game is not well explored yet. According to interpolated information obtained from video cards of similar efficiency levels, the game is likely to stutter and show low frame rates.
30 Fluent – According to all known benchmarks with the specified graphical settings, this game is expected to run at 25fps or more
40 Fluent – According to all known benchmarks with the specified graphical settings, this game is expected to run at 35fps or more
60 Fluent – According to all known benchmarks with the specified graphical settings, this game is expected to run at 58fps or more
May Run Fluently – The performance of this video card with this game is not well explored yet. According to interpolated information obtained from video cards of similar efficiency levels, the game is likely to show fluent frame rates.
? Uncertain – The testing of this video card on this game showed unexpected results. A slower card might be able to produce higher and more consistent frame rates when running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – The performance of this video card with this game is not well explored yet. No reliable data interpolation can be made based on the performance of similar cards of the same category.
The value in the fields reflects the average frame rate across the entire database. To obtain individual results, move your cursor over the value.

Benchmark

Benchmarks help determine the performance in standard tests for NVIDIA Maxwell GPU Surface Book. We have listed the world’s most famous benchmarks so that you could obtain accurate results in each (see the description). Videocard preliminary testing is especially important in the presence of high loads so that the user could see to what extent the graphic processing unit copes with computations and data elaboration.

Overall benchmark performance

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Multi-platform Ice Storm test shows the videocard performance by using the off-screen rendering method. Standard testing conditions are 1280*720 (720p).

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Unlike Ice Storm, Cloud Gate test elaborated by 3DMark employs more resource-intensive scenes. The better the final estimation, the faster your videocard is. The processing is carried out by means of DirectX 10.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

This is an advanced videocard benchmark. With DirectX 11 being used for conducting the processing, the normal testing time is 15 minutes. The higher the estimation, the faster the videocard is.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Complex graphic scenes require all the videocard’s resources. They use the entire RAM and computing power. The test’s results can be viewed below.

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

This benchmark analyzes the videocard’s game power with the use of Direct X 11 (multi-threading, tessellation, shader computations).

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