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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB Mobility Radeon HD 5870
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 516%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 463%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 445%
FIFA 21 54% 211%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 766%
Far Cry 6 342% 791%
Genshin Impact 205% 516%
Hitman 3 297% 701%
eFootball PES 2021 54% 211%
Watch Dogs Legion 195% 494%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB are massively better than the AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5870.

The GTX 950M has a 214 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Radeon HD. This results in the GTX 950M providing 8.6 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 214 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 950M providing 3.4 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 three years more recently than the Radeon HD, and so the GTX 950M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Radeon HD when running the latest games.

The GTX 950M has 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 950M also has superior memory performance overall.

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

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Mobility Radeon HD 5870 has 800. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD is 280. The GTX 950M having 578 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.

The GTX 950M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD. This means that the GTX 950M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB requires 50 Watts to run and the Mobility Radeon HD 5870 requires 50 Watts. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed914 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTTerascale 2 Broadway XT
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs07 Jan 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs800
Actual Shader Performance41%vs13%
Texture Mapping Units40vs40
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs28 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs11.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs50 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHzvsIntel Core i7-740QM 4-Core 1.73GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

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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.
Mobility Radeon HD 5870 is a high-end GPU based on the 40nm, Terascale 2 architecture.
It's based on the Broadway XT Core and offers 800 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 700MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 1000MHz. It consumes no more than 50 Watt.
Benchmarks indicate most modern demanding games of 2007-2010, such as Crysis, BF2 and Metro 2033 were playable at high settings smoothly. Therefore, today's modern demanding games should be playable at least on the medium preset, using a 720p+ resolution.
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