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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 550M 2GB HD i7 3720QM
Cyberpunk 2077 1122% 1914%
Hitman 3 1489% 2520%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1017% 1742%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 981% 1683%
FIFA 21 516% 916%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1619% 2734%
Far Cry 6 1668% 2814%
Genshin Impact 1122% 1914%
Battlefield 6 1489% 2520%
Resident Evil 8 1122% 1914%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 550M 2GB are significantly better than the Intel HD i7 3720QM.

The HD i7 3720QM was released over a year more recently than the GT 550M, and so the HD i7 3720QM is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GT 550M.

The GT 550M has 2048 MB video memory, but the HD i7 3720QM does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The GeForce GT 550M 2GB has 96 Shader Processing Units and the HD i7 3720QM has 16. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 550M is 142 and the actual shader performance of the HD i7 3720QM is 51. The GT 550M having 91 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GT 550M delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD i7 3720QM.

The GeForce GT 550M 2GB requires 35 Watts to run but there is no entry for the HD i7 3720QM.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed740 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108Ivy Bridge
OC Potential Poor vs None
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date06 Jan 2011vs29 Apr 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
5.3
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1600x900
3.9
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1920x1080
2.6
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2560x1440
1.9
green tick vs -
3840x2160 - green tick vs green tick -

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs-
Memory Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs16
Actual Shader Performance7%vs2%
Technology40nmvs-
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate11.8 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate3 GPixel/svs-
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power35 Watts-
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 550M 2GB 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 740MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. 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
Gaming benchmarks put its performance only slightly above 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 550M 2GB.
HD i7 3720QM is a specific version of the Intel HD Graphics 4000 that comes with the CPU 'Core i7-3720QM 4-Core 2.6GHz'.
The new features include DirectX 11 and Tessellation support though using them might not be a very good idea since even strong fast-middle-class GPUs struggle with them.
The core-clock is initially set at 650MHz and will go to up to 1250MHz, if necessary.
The performance depends a lot on the driver support and benchmarks indicate that the most demanding games, such as Metro 2033 can only be played at the lowest settings. Deus Ex 3, for example, ran fine at high settings but other demanding games such as Crysis 2 and Batman: Arkham City only ran fluently at medium settings.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
N/A
GPU Variants
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