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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 720M Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile
Fallout 4 770% 1143%
Just Cause 3 770% 1143%
Assassins Creed: Syndicate 500% 757%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 470% 714%
Rainbow Six: Siege 550% 829%
Star Wars: Battlefront 820% 1214%
FIFA 16 220% 357%
Need For Speed 470% 714%
ARK: Survival Evolved 390% 600%
Rise of the Tomb Raider 140% 243%

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 Graphics 4000 has a 25 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GT 720M, but the GeForce GT 720M has 12 more Texture Mapping Units than the Graphics 4000. As a result, the GeForce GT 720M exhibits a 7.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Graphics 4000. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Graphics 4000 has a 25 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GT 720M, but the GeForce GT 720M has 4 more Render Output Units than the Graphics 4000. As a result, the GeForce GT 720M exhibits a 2.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Graphics 4000. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

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 when compared to the Graphics 4000.

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 86. The GeForce GT 720M having 94 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 Graphics 4000 transistor size technology is 6 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GT 720M. This means that the Graphics 4000 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GT 720M.

The GeForce GT 720M requires 33 Watts to run and the HD Graphics 4000 Mobile requires 55 Watts. The Graphics 4000 requires 22 Watts more than the GeForce GT 720M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Graphics 4000 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GT 720M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock938 MHzvs1350 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF117-N14M-GEIvy Bridge GT2
OC Potential Poor vs None
Driver Support Ok vs Good
Release Date01 Apr 2013vs08 Mar 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth14.4GB/secvs25.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 128 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 5% vs green tick 9%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs16
Actual Shader Performance9%vs4%
Texture Mapping Units16vs4
Texture Rate10 GTexel/svs2.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs4
Pixel Rate5 GPixel/svs2.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power33 Wattsvs55 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

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 Integrated Graphics in some of Intel's Mobile Ivy Bridge Processors.

The Ivy Bridge GT2 Core includes support for DirectX 11, OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 4.0. Additionally, it also offers Hardware Tessellation, Dedicated L3 Cache and better Video Decoding Performance, when compared to its Predecessor.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GT2 which offers 16 Shader Processing Units, 4 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 650MHz and goes up to 1350MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies from System to System. Typically, the GPU reserves 1.7GB. Depending on whether or not the system's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface. The operating memory clock also depends on which speed the System's RAM is running and is limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 800MHz.
It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

The Most Powerful Variant Offers Performance similar to a dedicated GeForce GT 425M.
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System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a system with Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile.
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 UpgradesN/AN/A
GPU Variants--