GeForce GT 540M
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Release Period- Jan-2011
GeForce GT 540M Review

Overview
GeForce GT 540M is a middle-class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.


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.


GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GF108 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 672MHz.


Memory
The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.


Features
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 35W, it is suited for 15" or larger laptops.


Performance
GeForce GT 540M is essentially a fast GeForce GT 435M.
Gaming benchmarks put its performance only slightly below a desktop GeForce GT 430.


System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 540M.


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GeForce GT 540M Performance Specification
Core Speed
Architecture
Memory
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Technology
TMUs
Texture Rate
ROPs
Pixel Rate
Shader
Processing Units
Actual Shader
Performance
Direct X
Shader
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Max Power
GPU Details
672 MHz
Fermi GF108
1024 MB
900 MHz
128 Bit
DDR3
28.8GB/sec
256KB
40nm
16
11 GTexel/s
4
3 GPixel/s
96
129
DX 11
5.0
4.1
2560x1600
35 Watts

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17:15 Sep-01-2014
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Hey.. sorry I'm going to ask a noobish question..
Can I upgrade this gpu from the gpu in my laptop,
Because it feels like a waste to have such a poor graphics card when I have
An i7 with 8gb of ram

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13:49 Jan-11-2015
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no. I know the feeling.

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06:04 Apr-15-2015
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you cant sorry my laptop has a i7 6gb of ram and this gpu also lol

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06:51 Jul-10-2013
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is this a decent gpu for games like mw2 and mw3, and need for speed

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14:56 Apr-11-2014
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I never tried running any of those with this GPU but I can tell you that Skyrim and Dishonored run in high settings smoothly. Hope this helped.

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17:42 Apr-11-2014
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I gave the laptop containing this GPU to a mate, thanks anyway though.

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06:05 Apr-15-2015
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i actually played those and yes it is as long as your heatsinks are cleaned and you have good cooling or else games will bsod

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18:46 Jul-05-2013
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Bombach007 had this on his laptop, now he's got a pc with a gtx 780! lucky man!

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23:21 Jul-01-2013
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So, i have this vídeo card, the other day i wuz playing remember me on lowest settings, and my pc suddenly turned off. It happened the same with fr cry 3 on lowest settings, and even with toribash. Does anyone know ho to solve this? Thx in advance.

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22:50 Dec-31-2014
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Hey Buddy.
I think your PC overheated and was shut down to prevent damage :)
Monitor the speeds with SpeedFan.

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17:22 May-17-2013
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Recently my card has been getting a lot hotter. My fans are clean, and i play most games on low to medium on 1280 x 720 but my temps have risen by 10 to 15 degrees C. My idle temp is still around 45 (b/c ambient temp is kinda high right now, but it has only risen by 3-5 degrees max since winter) but when playing games i used to get 75 - 80 degrees on, i am now getting 90+.
any help? Thanks.

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21:12 May-25-2014
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Try cleaning out the dust in your laptop, by spraying it out with a container of compressed air. Turn your laptop off before doing that though.

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22:51 Dec-31-2014
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The Fan may be clean but the GFX itself may be full of dust. Perhaps it's time to ask for professionals to give clean it up, change thermal pastes, etc.

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13:31 Apr-24-2013
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Okay, i'm very very very worried now! All games lag seriously on my RIG. i5 2430M 2.4GHz, 8GB 1333MHz RAM, GT 540M 1GB. Is my card broken? How can i fix this?! I need ideas! I'm freaking out! :(

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17:22 Apr-24-2013
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Make sure you are running those games with GT 540M and not Intel HD 3000. Check in the NVIDIA Panel.

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23:21 Jul-04-2013
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how do i change this to the 540m? cuz i can play oblivion with no lag but skyrim lags like hell on lowest settings

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Hahahaha, go to Nvidia Control Panel, change it, You still use intgrated VGA HD 3000, chage to your Dedicated GT 540M …, done, happy gaming

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12:51 Mar-29-2013
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i remmember this gpu hade 4 star rank!now 5!realy deserve it!nice gpu i think!

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19:01 Mar-25-2013
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GeForce 314.22 Driver RELEASED! :D
http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/59645/nvidiaupdate

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00:00 Mar-23-2013
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Hey Guys! I noticed that my friends Rig runs games better than mine! Even tho I have slightly better Hardware than him. Please check below to see if i'm missing something…
MINE is the ACER and His is the DELL
Acer Aspire 5755G vs Dell Nxxxx (Not sure of the name)
Intel Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz vs Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM vs 8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
Nvidia GT 540M (1GB) vs Nvidia GT 525M (1GB)
750 5400rpm HDD vs 640 5400rpm HDD
1366x768 vs 1366x768
Is it because i have AVG Installed? What Anti-Virus software do you gamers recomm

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09:53 Mar-23-2013
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Hi,
What are the specifications of your 540M? Use GPU-Z to find out :)

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00:31 Mar-24-2013
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Hey mate! Thanks for the reply again. :)
HERE! I believe screenshots will say it better than words :)
http://i46.tinypic.com/3501f2o.gif - Original
http://i47.tinypic.com/35lzssl.gif - My OC -ish
Same performance tho…

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11:26 Mar-24-2013
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You have raised the only thing that doesn't boost performance, in this case - the memory clock. You need to raise the core-clock. You can safetly raise it to 800MHz.
Now, go the NVIDIA PANEL (left click on windows desktop) and to to the "Manage 3D settings" tab. On there, make sure the GPU set to play is your 540M. Select High performance :D

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09:47 Mar-25-2013
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That will be overclocking it. how safe is dat for a lappy GPU? As my GPU Hits 50 degrees already when it's not in use. And i do not have a cooler pad. can't get original ones here. Also, i always set GPU to Auto because electricity is not d best here so i need the Intel GPU to run most times and the GT 540M for only select programs. e.g Games! :D
Finally are you saying i shud set Core to 800 and memory to 900? And what max temps are safe over a long period of time say 2 hours? Sorry for the many many questions. lol. Thanks Pip mate :D

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11:11 Mar-25-2013
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Well auto will make some games run with Intel HD 3000 instead, thus your friend gets better FPS.
You can raise the CC to 800MHz as long as the temperature doesn't go above 85ºC :)

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12:03 Mar-25-2013
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Lol. Mate the I know about the auto stuff. i have been a victim lol. After i formatted my laptop Win 8 back to 7. My NBA 2K12 was soo laggy and bad resolution. It was after about 2 whole weeks dat i checked and saw dat it was running with Intel HD Crap. i felt soo stupid. Lol. I forgot because FIFA was automatically running with GT 540M. I thought CUDA technology was using High Performance GT 540M for heavy tasks and Intel Crapy 3000 for regular/ light tasks? If I'm not wrong. lol
Also, funny thing is dat he NEVER upgraded his graphics driver not even ONCE! over a year now. lol

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10:46 Mar-13-2013
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Please can someone give me the settings to use in Nvidia Control Panel so that my Games will run at the optimum state? like all them AA and Gamma correction, Tripple buffering, those settings. :)

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Sure.
Single Display Mode on the Multi-Display/mixed GPU Acceleration.
Tripple Buffering always on if V-Sync On.
and I guess the rest should be automatic as it depends on the game..

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19:45 Mar-13-2013
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Thanks mate! But can you send me a screen shot? of the settings…
Here Are My Settings
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Put "Single Display Performance" on Multi-Display. Put "Prefer Maximum performance" on "Power Management Mode" and, on the top, Select High-Performance GPU instead of "Auto-Select" :D

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