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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 740 v2 Radeon HD 8950 (OEM)
Red Dead Redemption 2 381% 75%
Cyberpunk 2077 561% 141%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 197% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 561% 141%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 381% 75%
Doom Eternal 313% 51%
FIFA 20 156% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 635% 168%
Need For Speed Heat 381% 75%
Halo: Reach 53% 44%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 740 v2.

The GT 740 has a 143 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 8950, but the HD 8950 has 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 740. As a result, the HD 8950 exhibits a 63.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 740. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 740 has a 143 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 8950, but the HD 8950 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GT 740. As a result, the HD 8950 exhibits a 11.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 740. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 740 was released over a year more recently than the HD 8950, and so the GT 740 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 8950.

The HD 8950 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GT 740, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 8950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 8950 has 160 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 740, which means that the memory performance of the HD 8950 is massively better than the GT 740.

The GeForce GT 740 v2 has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 740 is 381 and the actual shader performance of the HD 8950 is 1658. The HD 8950 having 1277 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 8950 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 740.

The GeForce GT 740 v2 requires 64 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) requires 200 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GT 740 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the HD 8950. The HD 8950 requires 136 Watts more than the GT 740 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 8950 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 740.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed993 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock-vs925 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK107-425-A2GCN 1.1 Tahiti PRO2
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs -
Release Date29 May 2014vs08 Jan 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
7.9
green tick vs -
1600x900
6
vs green tick
9.7
1920x1080
4.7
vs green tick
7.8
2560x1440
3
vs green tick
5.8
3840x2160
2.1
vs green tick
4.3

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs240GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB vs green tick 768 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs1792
Actual Shader Performance18%vs80%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs112
Texture Rate31.8 GTexel/svs95.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate15.9 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power64 Wattsvs200 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs11.2
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-4360 3.7GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 740 v2 is a Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Kepler Architecture.

Architecture
The Kepler Architecture was NVIDIA's big step to power efficiency. Each Stream Multiprocessor (SMX) now hosts 192 Shader Processing Units - against the 48 of older Fermi Architecture, and has been redesigned being now clocked at the same speed of the Central Unit. This means they are more energy efficient and will consequently lead to cooler operating temperatures. However, it also means they are weaker. It can be said that one Fermi SMX is as fast as 2 Kepler SMXs.
Additionally, and not available in all GPUs, Kepler also introduced the Boost Clock Feature. The Boost Clock is an even higher Clock Speed activated when in gaming mode and becomes the effective speed of the GPU.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GK107-425-A2 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 993MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 64W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
GeForce GT 740 v2 is essentially a slower GeForce GTX 650.
Gaming benchmarks indicate its performance is not too far from the older GeForce GTX 650.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 740 v2.
Overview
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is an OEM Only, High-End Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN 1.1 revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture adds new important technologies and is largely oriented for energy efficiency. New technologies such as PowerTune and TrueAudio are the biggest additions as well as DirectX 11.2 support.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Tahiti PRO2 which has 28 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1792 Shader Processing Units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 850MHz and goes up to 925MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 200W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon HD 7950 Boost Edition and performs exactly like it.

System Suggestions
Radeon HD 8950 (OEM) is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Six Core) and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants
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