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Nvidia GeForce GT 720M Notebook Graphics Gaming Review

Nvidia GeForce GT  720M is a mid level gaming gpu that is found in most notebooks today. The Nvidia GeForce 720M is a notebook gpu that can be used to play any latest windows platform game till date (2013). This notebook gpu features a 28nm architecture which makes it more power efficient and delivers awesome performance at low power. In this post I will review Nvidia GeForce 720M and tell about its pros and cons, but lets start with its quick specifications.

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Nvidia GeForce GT  720M Specifications

Core Speed : 938 MHz
Memory : 2048 MB DDR3 VRAM
Memory Speed : 900 MHz
Memory Bus : 64 bit
Shader version : 5.0
OpenGL : 4.3
OpenCL : 1.2
DirectX : 11.1
Max Resolution : 2560x1600
Memory Bandwidth : 28.8 GB/sec with HDMI connection
Max Power : 17-25 watts
Supported Technologies : Optimus, Physx, CUDA, FXAA, OpenCL, Direct Compute
Audio : 7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
GeForce Performance Score : 3.3 which means it is 3.3x times faster than Intel HD Graphics 4000.

Nvidia GeForce GT 720M Gaming Performance And Review

1. No Lags: While playing games on a Windows based pc this gpu never lags even at max resolutions. The games runs like a charm and I can’t find a single bit of lag that can destroy gameplay experience. Gaming on Nvidia GeForce 720M is smooth due to its 128bit memory bus through which it can process more data as compared to 64bit bus notebook gpu. Also OpenGL 4.3 is a boon to this gpu because it is the latest version of OpenGL. I have played games like NFS most wanted 2012, Call of duty MW3, Grid 2 and Battlefield 3 at full resolutions without lags. The gpu temperature reaches upto 40 degree Celsius while playing games in high resolution. You can use a laptop cooler to lower down the gpu temperature by few degrees.

2. No Overheating: While playing heavy games the gpu temperature is between 40-50 degree Celsius if the notebook is new. Nvidia GPUs are on better side than AMD GPUs because AMD GPUs run hot as compared to Nvidia. So overheating is not an issue for GeForce 720M as far as notebook is new. Overtime the temperature will increase because the (TIM) thermal interface material will dry out. Its maximum temperature is around 100 degree celcius. While playing games in summer season without a notebook cooler the the temperature may rise to70 degree celsius depending on the game which you are playing.

3. Nvidia Optimus : Nvidia Optimus technology automatically switches graphics between Intel HD graphics and Nvidia’s dedicated graphics. So due to optimus technology we get best all round performance while gaming.

4. GPU Boost : GPU Boost automatically overclocks the GPU chip whenever needed while gaming, if the laptop cooling system allows it. Nvidia GeForce 720M fully supports GPU Boost 2.0 which will deliver even faster and balanced performance when required.

5. 3D Support: The NVIDIA 720M fully supports 3D games, but you need a 3D monitor or 3D HDTV and you use HDMI cable for gaming.

6. Nvidia GeForce Experience:  The GeForce Experience is specially designed software for Windows that keeps the Nvidia drivers updated. It also downloads optimal game profiles for the games stored on your notebook's hard drive. It automatically optimizes PC games to deliver best performance while gaming. Download GeForce Experience

Nvidia GeForce GT 720M Vs Intel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 4000 is integrated graphics in Intel Core i3 processors. Nvidia GeForce 720M is 3.3 times faster and efficient than Intel HD Graphics 4000. You can check how to change between intel hd graphics and nvidia GT 720M on any laptop.

Gaming Via HDMI Cable
If you game on HDTV’s via HDMI cable then you will get best gaming graphics on a larger screen. Nvidia GeForce 720M has 2 GB dedicated DDR3 memory which is suitable for playing games on a larger HD screen via HDMI connection between your notebook and the HDTV.

No Issues With Older Games
Nvidia GeForce 720M is backward compatible with older games that are around 8 to 10 years older. I played GTA Sanandreas on this GPU without any error. However some games will give error due to incorrect resolution. So run these games in max resolution and settings. Few games require patch fix according to the windows OS you are running, but run smoothly.

Check Out The Video
Below is a gameplay video of NFS Most Wanted 2012 on Nvidia GeForce 720M at max resolution and settings.

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