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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8850M Radeon R9 M295X 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 528% 84%
Hitman 3 717% 139%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 474% 68%
Resident Evil 8 528% 84%
FIFA 21 217% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 783% 159%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 456% 63%
The Medium 683% 129%
Genshin Impact 528% 84%
Far Cry 6 808% 166%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 8850M.

The R9 M295X has a 225 MHz higher core clock speed and 88 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the R9 M295X providing 83.8 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 R9 M295X has a 225 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the R9 M295X providing 17.2 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 R9 M295X was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 8850M, and so the R9 M295X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD 8850M.

The R9 M295X has 2048 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 8850M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 M295X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 M295X has 142.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 8850M, which means that the memory performance of the R9 M295X is massively better than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon HD 8850M has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 M295X 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is 496 and the actual shader performance of the R9 M295X is 1132. The R9 M295X having 636 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 M295X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon HD 8850M requires 45 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 M295X 4GB requires 125 Watts. The R9 M295X requires 80 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8850M to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 M295X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 8850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock775 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Venus PROTonga
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2013vs23 Nov 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
7.2
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10
1600x900
5.5
vs green tick
9.9
1920x1080
4.1
vs green tick
7.9
2560x1440
2.6
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5.7
3840x2160
1.8
vs green tick
4.1

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1362 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs174.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs2048
Actual Shader Performance24%vs54%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs128
Texture Rate25 GTexel/svs108.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate10 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power45 Wattsvs125 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX11.1vs11.2
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.2vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 8850M is a Performance 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 Venus PRO which has 10 Compute Units activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 625MHz and goes up to 775MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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 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 45W, it is suited for 17" or larger laptops.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above NVIDIA's GeForce GT 750M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 8850M.
Radeon R9 M295X 4GB is an upcoming high-end mobile Graphics Card, based on the second revision of the GCN architecture.
It offers a GPU codenamed "Tonga" which is at essence an upgraded Tahiti XTX GPU (used on Radeon HD 7970 GE) and features 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5.
The clock frequencies are not known yet.
Expect a rated board TDP that should clearly surpass the 100W barrier and performance around the levels of a Radeon HD 7950.
There are no benchmarks yet but we predict Radeon R9 M295X 4GB has potential to be slightly faster than the world's most powerful mobile Graphics Card as of June 2014 - GeForce GTX 880M.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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