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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB Radeon R9 M280X
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 225%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 197%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 188%
FIFA 21 54% 64%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 357%
Far Cry 6 342% 370%
Genshin Impact 205% 225%
Hitman 3 297% 323%
Watch Dogs Legion 195% 213%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 338% 366%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R9 M280X.

The GTX 950M has a 14 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 M280X, but the Radeon R9 M280X has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950M. As a result, the Radeon R9 M280X exhibits a 13.8 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 14 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R9 M280X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 950M providing 0.2 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 less than a year after the Radeon R9 M280X, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the Radeon R9 M280X 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 R9 M280X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 950M is slightly better than the Radeon R9 M280X.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 M280X has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R9 M280X is 539. The GTX 950M having 319 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 950M delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R9 M280X.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB requires 50 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 M280X requires 75 Watts. The Radeon R9 M280X requires 25 Watts more than the GTX 950M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon R9 M280X to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 950M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed914 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs925 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTSaturn XT
OC Potential Good vs None
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs01 Jun 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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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 -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs896
Actual Shader Performance41%vs26%
Texture Mapping Units40vs56
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs50.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs14.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs75 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 2.9GHzvsIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

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 M280X is an upcoming high-end mobile graphics Card, based on the 28nm GCN architecture.
Radeon R9 M280X offers a GPU codenamed Saturn XT which is at essence a mobile version of the Bonaire XT GPU. Thus, it offers 896 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5.
The central unit runs at 900MHz and goes up to 925MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1000MHz. Expect a rated board TDP of 75W.
Its performance is therefore positioned between Radeon R7 260 and Radeon HD 7790 and thus the card is not suited for 1080p gaming but it needs to be paired with at least 8GB of RAM and a considerably powerful Dual-Core processor.
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