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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 720M Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile
Grand Theft Auto V 390% 693%
The Witcher III 640% 1097%
Batman: Arkham Knight 880% 1486%
Assassins Creed: Syndicate 770% 1308%
Mortal Kombat X 390% 693%
Project CARS 130% 272%
WWE 2K15 370% 661%
Battlefield: Hardline 470% 822%
Dying Light 770% 1308%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 470% 822%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 720M are significantly better than the Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile.

The GeForce GT 720M was released over a year more recently than the Graphics 4000, and so the GeForce GT 720M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games.

The GeForce GT 720M has 1024 MB video memory, but the Graphics 4000 does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The GeForce GT 720M has 96 Shader Processing Units and the HD Graphics 4000 Mobile has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 720M is 180 and the actual shader performance of the Graphics 4000 is 51. The GeForce GT 720M having 129 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GT 720M delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Graphics 4000.

The GeForce GT 720M requires 33 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD Graphics 4000 Mobile.

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed625 MHzvs650 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF117-N14M-GEIvy Bridge
Notebook GPUyesyes
Release Date01 Apr 201308 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs-
Memory Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth14.4GB/secvs25.6GB/sec
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs16
Actual Shader Performance180vs51
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate10 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate5 GPixel/svs-

GPU Display Tech

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.0
Max Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0

GPU Power Requirements

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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM4 GB-
Recommended Screen Size1366x768-
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Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 720M is a entry-level Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Fermi Architecture.

The Fermi Architecture is manufactured with a 40nm Technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GF117-N14M-GE which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit is initially clocked at 625MHz and may reach up to 938MHz, in Turbo Mode.
Additionally, GF117 is built using a 28nm technology.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 33W, it is suited for average sized laptops.

GeForce GT 720M is essentially a fast GeForce GT 620M with the option for the Boost Clock which depends on the laptop's cooler.
Gaming benchmarks indicate its performance is slightly below the older GeForce GT 635M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 720M.
Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile are the successors of Intel HD Graphics 3000 Mobile.
They come embedded on the new Intel Ivy Bridge CPUS and the new features include DirectX 11 support, Shader Version of 5.0 and openGL Version of up to 4.0.
Benchmarks show that some modern games like Mass Effect 3 and Fifa 12 run smoothly at high settings while modern+demanding games like Anno 2070 and COD: MW3 can still be played at medium settings fluently. However, Very Demanding games like Metro 2033 and Risen 2 require very reduced settings and might not appeal to most casual gamers.
Ultimately, the performance depends on whether or not the system's memory is dual-channel, at which speed it runs and also on the CPU it's embedded since the max core-clock varies from CPU to CPU. Note 1: We will be adding each individual Intel HD 4000 that comes with each CPU in the future. The performance depends a lot on the CPU its embedded as the clock frequencies and other factors variate according to the CPU itself.
Recommended CPUIntel Core 2 Duo L9300 1.6GHz
AMD Turion X2 Dual Core Mobile RM-75
AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual Core Mobile ZM-80
Intel Celeron N2820 2.13GHz
Intel Pentium Dual Core T2410 2.0GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 960M 2GB
GeForce GTX 675MX
GeForce GTX 860M 4GB
GeForce GTX 860M 2GB
GeForce GTX 470M SLI
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