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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 8850M GeForce GTX 480M
Cyberpunk 2077 528% 438%
Hitman 3 717% 600%
Resident Evil 8 528% 438%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 474% 392%
FIFA 21 217% 171%
Grand Theft Auto VI 783% 657%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 456% 376%
Genshin Impact 528% 438%
Far Cry 6 808% 679%
The Medium 683% 571%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon HD 8850M has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed but 4 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 480M. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the Radeon HD 8850M manages to provide 6.3 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 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 480M, but the GeForce GTX 480M has 16 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. As a result, the GeForce GTX 480M exhibits a 3.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 8850M. 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 a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 480M, and so the Radeon HD 8850M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GTX 480M.

The Radeon HD 8850M and the GeForce GTX 480M have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GeForce GTX 480M has 44.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 8850M, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 480M is noticeably better than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The Radeon HD 8850M has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 480M has 352. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is 496 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 480M is 299. The Radeon HD 8850M having 197 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce GTX 480M performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 8850M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 480M. This means that the Radeon HD 8850M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 480M.

The Radeon HD 8850M requires 45 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 480M requires 100 Watts. The GeForce GTX 480M requires 55 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8850M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 480M 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 MHzvs425 MHz
Boost Clock775 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Venus PROFermi GF100-N11E-GTX-A3
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date01 Apr 2013vs25 May 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
7.2
vs green tick
7.4
1600x900
5.5
vs green tick
5.8
1920x1080
4.1
vs green tick
4.5
2560x1440
2.6
vs green tick
3
3840x2160
1.8
green tick vs -

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs600 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs76.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs352
Actual Shader Performance24%vs14%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs44
Texture Rate25 GTexel/svs18.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate10 GPixel/svs13.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power45 Wattsvs100 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX11.1vs12.0
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 i7-840QM 4-Core 1.86GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1600x900

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 480M is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.

Architecture
The Fermi Architecture was first 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.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Fermi GF100-N11E-GTX-A3 which has 11 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 352 Shader Processing Units, 44 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 425MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 600MHz.

Features
DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 100W, it is only suited for very large laptops.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance identical to a desktop GeForce GTS 450.

System Suggestions
We recommend a fast processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 480M.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
N/A
GPU Variants
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