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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8730M GeForce GT 550M 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 842% 1122%
Hitman 3 1125% 1489%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 761% 1017%
Resident Evil 8 842% 1122%
FIFA 21 375% 516%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1225% 1619%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 733% 981%
Genshin Impact 842% 1122%
The Medium 1075% 1424%
Far Cry 6 1263% 1668%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8730M are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 550M 2GB.

The GT 550M has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 8730M, but the Radeon HD 8730M has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 550M. As a result, the Radeon HD 8730M exhibits a 3.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 550M. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 550M has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 8730M, but the Radeon HD 8730M has 4 more Render Output Units than the GT 550M. As a result, the Radeon HD 8730M exhibits a 2.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 550M. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon HD 8730M was released over a year more recently than the GT 550M, and so the Radeon HD 8730M 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 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 8730M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the Radeon HD 8730M has superior memory performance.

The Radeon HD 8730M has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 550M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 8730M is marginally better than the GT 550M.

The Radeon HD 8730M has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 550M 2GB has 96. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8730M is 228 and the actual shader performance of the GT 550M is 142. The Radeon HD 8730M having 86 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 8730M delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 550M.

The Radeon HD 8730M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GT 550M. This means that the Radeon HD 8730M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GT 550M.

The Radeon HD 8730M requires 15 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 550M 2GB requires 35 Watts. The GT 550M requires 20 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8730M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GT 550M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon HD 8730M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs740 MHz
Boost Clock700 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Mars LEFermi GF108
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date01 Apr 2013vs06 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
6
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5.3
1600x900
4.5
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3.9
1920x1080
3
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2.6
2560x1440
2.2
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1.9
3840x2160
1.4
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs green tick 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs96
Actual Shader Performance11%vs7%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units24vs16
Texture Rate15.6 GTexel/svs11.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs4
Pixel Rate5.2 GPixel/svs3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power15 Wattsvs35 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3320M 2.6GHzvsIntel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz
Recommended RAM6 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 8730M is a Fast-Middle-Class Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the GCN Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 Release adds support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology which does calculations of audio effects "better" than the CPU and further improves the Powertune Technology.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Mars PRO which has 6 Compute Units activated and thus offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 650MHz and goes up to 700MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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 1000MHz.

Features
DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, PowerTune Technology, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, HD3D, ZeroCore Power and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 15W, it is suited for 13" or larger laptops.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above NVIDIA's GeForce GT 635M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 8730M.
Overview
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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