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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8850M GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
Cyberpunk 2077 528% 59%
Hitman 3 717% 107%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 474% 46%
Resident Evil 8 528% 59%
FIFA 21 217% 20%
Grand Theft Auto VI 783% 124%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 456% 41%
The Medium 683% 99%
Genshin Impact 528% 59%
Far Cry 6 808% 130%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 8850M.

The GTX 970M has a 299 MHz higher core clock speed and 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the GTX 970M providing 48.9 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 GTX 970M has a 299 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the GTX 970M providing 34.4 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 GTX 970M was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 8850M, and so the GTX 970M 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 GTX 970M has 1024 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 GTX 970M also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 970M has 88.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 8850M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970M is much better than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon HD 8850M has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is 496 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970M is 1794. The GTX 970M having 1298 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970M 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 GeForce GTX 970M 3GB requires 81 Watts. The GTX 970M requires 36 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8850M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 970M may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 8850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs924 MHz
Boost Clock775 MHzvs1038 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Venus PROMaxwell GM204
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date01 Apr 2013vs07 Oct 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
7.2
vs green tick
10
1600x900
5.5
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
4.1
vs green tick
8.4
2560x1440
2.6
vs green tick
6.1
3840x2160
1.8
vs green tick
4.5

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1253 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs120.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1280
Actual Shader Performance24%vs86%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs80
Texture Rate25 GTexel/svs73.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs48
Pixel Rate10 GPixel/svs44.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power45 Wattsvs81 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX11.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.2vs4.5
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.
Overview
GeForce GTX 970M 3GB is a high-end Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204 which has 10 SM activated and thus offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The central unit runs at 924MHz and goes up to 993MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1253MHz. The frame buffer size is adequate and any extra memory wouldn't add any extra performance.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Temperature
The Card is known to run cool. However, ultimately, it all depends on the notebook's cooling system.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 81W, it will only be equipped in large notebooks.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate its performance is over 10% faster than GeForce GTX 880M. Therefore, it should even surpass GeForce GTX 760 and be around as fast as desktop GeForce GTX 670. GeForce GTX 970M is therefore the second fastest mobile Graphics Card as of October 2014 and AMD's Radeon R9 M290X is beaten in over 20%.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for a notebook with GeForce GTX 970M 6GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
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GPU Variants
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