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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB Radeon R9 M290X
Hitman 3 297% 206%
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 135%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 115%
Resident Evil 8 205% 135%
FIFA 21 54% 19%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 231%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 108%
Genshin Impact 205% 135%
Far Cry 6 342% 241%
The Medium 281% 194%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 M290X are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB.

The GTX 950M has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 M290X, but the Radeon R9 M290X has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950M. As a result, the Radeon R9 M290X exhibits a 31.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 950M. 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 than the Radeon R9 M290X, but the Radeon R9 M290X has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 950M. As a result, the Radeon R9 M290X exhibits a 12.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 950M. 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 R9 M290X, 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 R9 M290X.

The Radeon R9 M290X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 950M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the Radeon R9 M290X also has superior memory performance overall.

The Radeon R9 M290X has 73.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon R9 M290X is much better than the GTX 950M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 M290X has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 M290X is 979. The Radeon R9 M290X having 121 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R9 M290X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 950M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB requires 50 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 M290X requires 100 Watts. The Radeon R9 M290X requires 50 Watts more than the GTX 950M to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon R9 M290X may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 950M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed914 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs900 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTGCN 1.1 Neptune XT
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs09 Jan 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1280
Actual Shader Performance41%vs47%
Texture Mapping Units40vs80
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs68 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs100 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
Radeon R9 M290X is a high-end mobile graphics card based on the second revision of the GCN architecture.
It packs a Core codenamed Neptune XT which stirs from the Pitcairn XT Core used on the high-end desktop Radeon HD 7870. The Neptune XT Core offers the same core-configuration as the Pitcairn XT Core (1280:80:32) but has support for DirectX 11.2 and AMD's latest technologies, including AMD PowerTune technology but not AMD TrueAudio technology.
The central unit runs at 850MHz and goes up to 900MHz and the memory clock operates at 1200MHz. The rated TDP board is of 100W and thus Radeon R9 M290X is only suited for large laptops.
Radeon R9 M290X has been identified as a rebadged Radeon HD 8970M and will offer exactly the same performance. Thus, most demanding games can be played at high-settings fluently, using a 1080p resolution.
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