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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB Radeon HD 7970M
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 151%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 130%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 122%
FIFA 21 54% 27%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 253%
Far Cry 6 342% 263%
Genshin Impact 205% 151%
Hitman 3 297% 227%
Watch Dogs Legion 195% 142%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 338% 260%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 7970M are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB.

The GTX 950M has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 7970M, but the Radeon HD 7970M has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950M. As a result, the Radeon HD 7970M 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 HD 7970M, but the Radeon HD 7970M has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 950M. As a result, the Radeon HD 7970M 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 HD 7970M, 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 7970M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the Radeon HD 7970M have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The Radeon HD 7970M has 73.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 7970M is much better than the GTX 950M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7970M has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 7970M is 925. The Radeon HD 7970M having 67 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 7970M 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 HD 7970M requires 100 Watts. The Radeon HD 7970M requires 50 Watts more than the GTX 950M to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon HD 7970M 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 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTGCN 1.0 Wimbledon XT
OC Potential Good vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs01 May 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
vs green tick
10
1600x900
7.8
vs green tick
8.8
1920x1080
6
vs green tick
6.7
2560x1440
4.3
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4.9
3840x2160
2.6
vs green tick
3.2

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1280
Actual Shader Performance41%vs45%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs80
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs68 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs100 Watts
Recommended PSU--

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 i7-3630QM 4-Core 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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 7970M is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the First revision of the GCN Architecture.

Architecture
The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed Wimbledon XT which has 20 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit Operates at 850MHz.

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 1200MHz.

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 100W, it is suited for very large laptops only.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its on average with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Powerful Processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 7970M.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
N/A
GPU Variants
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