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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce 820M 2GB Radeon R7 M260
Cyberpunk 2077 1313% 1030%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1192% 934%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1150% 900%
FIFA 21 613% 470%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1150% 900%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 1050% 820%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1925% 1520%
Watch Dogs Legion 1263% 990%
Genshin Impact 1313% 1030%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1888% 1490%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 M260 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce 820M 2GB.

The Radeon R7 M260 has a 315 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce 820M 2GB. This results in the Radeon R7 M260 providing 12.6 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 R7 M260 has a 315 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce 820M 2GB and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon R7 M260 providing 2.5 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 R7 M260 was released less than a year after the GeForce 820M 2GB, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce 820M 2GB and the Radeon R7 M260 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The Radeon R7 M260 has 1.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce 820M 2GB, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R7 M260 is marginally better than the GeForce 820M 2GB.

The GeForce 820M 2GB has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 M260 has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce 820M 2GB is 120 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 M260 is 320. The Radeon R7 M260 having 200 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R7 M260 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce 820M 2GB.

The GeForce 820M 2GB requires 15 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 M260 requires 35 Watts. The Radeon R7 M260 requires 20 Watts more than the GeForce 820M 2GB to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon R7 M260 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce 820M 2GB.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs940 MHz
Boost Clock-vs980 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF117-N15V-GMGCN 1.1 Topaz XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date27 Nov 2013vs11 Jun 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth14.4GB/secvs16GB/sec
L2 Cache 128 KB vs green tick 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs384
Actual Shader Performance6%vs15%
Texture Mapping Units16vs24
Texture Rate10 GTexel/svs22.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate5 GPixel/svs7.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power15 Wattsvs35 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-3110M 2.4GHzvsIntel Core i5-4200M 2.5GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce 820M 2GB is a entry-level Mobile Graphics Card based on the second 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 GF117-N15V-GM which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 625MHz.
Additionally, GF117 is built using a 28nm technology.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 64-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and 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 15W, it is suited for average sized laptops.

GeForce 820M 2GB is a direct rebrand of GeForce GT 620M.
Gaming benchmarks indicate its performance is slightly below the older GeForce GT 525M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce 820M 2GB.

Radeon R7 M260 is a middle-class mobile graphics card. It is based on 28nm Topaz XT Core of the GCN 1.1 architecture.

Radeon R7 M260 offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs, on a 64-bit of DDR3. While the central unit runs at 940MHz and goes up to 980MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1000MHz. It has a rated TDP board of around 35W.

This version is even worse suited for higher resolutions but it is expected to perform better than its 128-bit counterpart at lower resolutions and in certain games. Still, the 128-bit should still be overall slightly faster.
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