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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8690M GeForce GT 550M 2GB
Hitman 3 1174% 1489%
Cyberpunk 2077 879% 1122%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 796% 1017%
Resident Evil 8 879% 1122%
FIFA 21 394% 516%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1278% 1619%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 767% 981%
Genshin Impact 879% 1122%
Far Cry 6 1317% 1668%
The Medium 1122% 1424%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8690M are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 550M 2GB.

The Radeon HD 8690M has a 35 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 550M. This results in the Radeon HD 8690M providing 6.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon HD 8690M has a 35 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Render Output Units than the GT 550M. This results in the Radeon HD 8690M providing 3.2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon HD 8690M was released over a year more recently than the GT 550M, and so the Radeon HD 8690M 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 8690M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the Radeon HD 8690M has superior memory performance.

The Radeon HD 8690M has 7.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 550M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 8690M is marginally better than the GT 550M.

The Radeon HD 8690M has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 550M 2GB has 96. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8690M is 269 and the actual shader performance of the GT 550M is 142. The Radeon HD 8690M having 127 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 8690M delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 550M.

The Radeon HD 8690M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GT 550M. This means that the Radeon HD 8690M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GT 550M.

The GeForce GT 550M 2GB requires 35 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 8690M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed775 MHzvs740 MHz
Boost Clock825 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Mars XTFermi GF108
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date01 Jan 2013vs06 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - green tick vs green tick -

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1125 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth36GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs96
Actual Shader Performance13%vs7%
Texture Mapping Units24vs16
Texture Rate18.6 GTexel/svs11.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs4
Pixel Rate6.2 GPixel/svs3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-35 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon HD 8690M 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 775MHz reach up to 825MHz in Turbo Mode while the memory interface is of 64-bit of fast GDDR5.
It can be addressed as a fast Radeon HD 8570M due to its considerably higher core-clock speed.
Until benchmarks become available, this GPU's rank is subject to change.
GeForce GT 550M 2GB is a middle-class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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