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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8550M GeForce 9800M GT
Red Dead Redemption 2 1221% 1329%
Halo: Reach 320% 354%
Cyberpunk 2077 1715% 1863%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1221% 1329%
Doom Eternal 1036% 1128%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1715% 1863%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 49% 45%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1919% 2083%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1715% 1863%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 715% 781%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8550M are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce 9800M GT.

The Radeon HD 8550M was released over three years more recently than the GeForce 9800M GT, and so the Radeon HD 8550M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce 9800M GT when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD 8550M has 512 MB more video memory than the GeForce 9800M GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GeForce 9800M GT has 36.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 8550M, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce 9800M GT is noticeably better than the Radeon HD 8550M.

The Radeon HD 8550M has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 9800M GT has 96. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8550M is 269 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce 9800M GT is 120. The Radeon HD 8550M having 149 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce 9800M GT performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 8550M transistor size technology is 37 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce 9800M GT. This means that the Radeon HD 8550M is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce 9800M GT. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 8550M should consume less power than the GeForce 9800M GT.

The GeForce 9800M GT requires 65 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 8550M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs500 MHz
Boost Clock700 MHzvs-
OC Potential Good vs -
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Jan 2013vs01 Jul 2008
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth14.4GB/secvs51.2GB/sec
L2 Cache - vs green tick 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs96
Actual Shader Performance13%vs6%
Texture Mapping Units24vs-
Texture Rate15.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units32vs-
Pixel Rate20.8 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs-
DVI Connections0vs-
HDMI Connections0vs-
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-65 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.3vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor--
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 8550M is a middle-class GPU based on the GCN architecture.
It offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The central unit can be initially clocked at up to 650MHz reach up to 700MHz in Turbo Mode while the memory interface is of 64-bit of standard DDR3.
It can be addressed as a Radeon HD 8730M with half the bandwidth and no support for crossfire.
Until benchmarks become available, this GPU's rank is subject to change.
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT GPUs deliver optimized performance for immersive gaming on-the-go. Powering the next generation of visual computing, blazing-fast mobile gaming, and the ultimate HD experience with PureVideo HD technology. This product is also enabled for CUDA applications and is NVIDIA PhysX-ready.
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