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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB Radeon HD 8790M
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 495%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 444%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 426%
FIFA 21 54% 200%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 737%
Far Cry 6 342% 761%
Genshin Impact 205% 495%
Hitman 3 297% 674%
eFootball PES 2021 54% 200%
Watch Dogs Legion 195% 474%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 8790M.

The GTX 950M has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 8790M. This results in the GTX 950M providing 16.2 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 950M has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 8790M. This results in the GTX 950M providing 7.8 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 950M was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 8790M, and so the GTX 950M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD 8790M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the Radeon HD 8790M have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 950M has 16 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 8790M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 950M is slightly better than the Radeon HD 8790M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 8790M has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8790M is 294. The GTX 950M having 564 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 950M delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 8790M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB requires 50 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8790M requires 35 Watts. The GTX 950M requires 15 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8790M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 950M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon HD 8790M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed914 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs900 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTGCN 1.1 Mars XTX
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs01 Apr 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
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7.4
1600x900
7.8
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5.6
1920x1080
6
green tick vs
4.2
2560x1440
4.3
green tick vs
2.7
3840x2160
2.6
green tick vs
1.8

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs64GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs384
Actual Shader Performance41%vs14%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs24
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs20.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs8
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs6.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs35 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHzvsIntel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 950M 2GB is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the first variant of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The first variant of the Maxwell Architecture succeeds the Kepler Architecture. Despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, it has an extremely large L2 Cache 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.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM107-N16P-GT which has 5 SM activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The central unit runs at 914MHz and goes up to 993MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1253MHz. The size of the frame buffer is adequate.

Features
DirectX 12 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 50W, it may be equipped in average sized notebooks.

Performance
Because GeForce GTX 950M 2GB is just a higher clocked GeForce GTX 850M v2 2GB, its performance is only about 5% faster than its predecessors and so GeForce GTX 860M 2GB is still faster.
Still, it still offers decent gaming at 1920x1080 and most modern games should run fluently at high settings.

System Suggestions
We recommend a strong processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a notebook with GeForce GTX 950M 2GB.
Overview
Radeon HD 8790M is a Fast-Middle-Class 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 Mars XTX which has 6 Compute Units activated and thus offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 850MHz and goes up to 900MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. 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 35W, it is suited for 15" or larger laptops.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance slightly below NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 660M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 8790M.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
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GPU Variants
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