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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8850M GeForce GT 320M
Cyberpunk 2077 528% 3263%
Hitman 3 717% 4275%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 474% 2976%
The Medium 683% 4096%
Resident Evil 8 528% 3263%
FIFA 21 217% 1596%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 456% 2876%
Grand Theft Auto VI 783% 4632%
Genshin Impact 528% 3263%
Far Cry 6 808% 4766%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8850M are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 320M.

The Radeon HD 8850M has a 125 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GT 320M. This results in the Radeon HD 8850M providing 21 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 8850M has a 125 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GT 320M. This results in the Radeon HD 8850M providing 6 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 8850M was released over three years more recently than the GeForce GT 320M, and so the Radeon HD 8850M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce GT 320M when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD 8850M has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GT 320M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon HD 8850M also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon HD 8850M has 6.7 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GT 320M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is marginally better than the GeForce GT 320M.

The Radeon HD 8850M has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 320M has 24. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is 496 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 320M is 28. The Radeon HD 8850M having 468 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 8850M delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GT 320M.

The Radeon HD 8850M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GT 320M. This means that the Radeon HD 8850M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GT 320M.

The Radeon HD 8850M requires 45 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 320M requires 14 Watts. The Radeon HD 8850M requires 31 Watts more than the GeForce GT 320M to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon HD 8850M may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GT 320M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed625 MHzvs500 MHz
Boost Clock775 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Venus PROGT216
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date01 Apr 2013vs21 Jan 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs790 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs25.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs24
Actual Shader Performance24%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units40vs8
Texture Rate25 GTexel/svs4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs8
Pixel Rate10 GPixel/svs4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power45 Wattsvs14 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.2vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i3-M330 2.13GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1280x720

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 8850M is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the GCN 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
GeForce GT 320M is an entry-class level GFX of the 300M Series released by NVIDIA in 2010. The biggest hindrance it has is the fact that it only supports DirectX up to 10.1 so DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
While very demanding games like Metro 2033 are most probably unplayable even at the lowest settings, demanding games like Crysis might run with very reduced detail + resolution.
GeForce GT 320M does support DirectX 10.1 but since it doesn't deliver that much performance, games that use DirectX 10.1 might be mostly unplayable or only playable at the lowest settings, due to the performance level they require.
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