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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 965M 4GB SLI Radeon HD 8850M
Cyberpunk 2077 30% 528%
Hitman 3 69% 717%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 19% 474%
The Medium 62% 683%
Resident Evil 8 30% 528%
FIFA 21 34% 217%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 15% 456%
Grand Theft Auto VI 83% 783%
Genshin Impact 30% 528%
Far Cry 6 88% 808%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 4GB SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 8850M.

The GTX 965M has a 299 MHz higher core clock speed and 88 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the GTX 965M providing 93.3 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 965M has a 299 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the GTX 965M providing 49.1 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 965M was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 8850M, and so the GTX 965M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD 8850M.

The GTX 965M has 2048 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 8850M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 965M also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 965M has 128 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 8850M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 965M is massively better than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The GeForce GTX 965M 4GB SLI has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 8850M has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 965M is 2627 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is 496. The GTX 965M having 2131 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 965M delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The GeForce GTX 965M 4GB SLI requires 100 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8850M requires 45 Watts. The GTX 965M requires 55 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8850M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 965M may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon HD 8850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed924 MHzvs625 MHz
Boost Clock950 MHzvs775 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-N16E-GS (x2)GCN 1.1 Venus PRO
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date07 Jan 2015vs01 Apr 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs
7.2
1600x900
10
green tick vs
5.5
1920x1080
9.3
green tick vs
4.1
2560x1440
6.9
green tick vs
2.6
3840x2160
5.3
green tick vs
1.8

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth160GB/secvs32GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs640
Actual Shader Performance100%vs24%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs40
Texture Rate118.3 GTexel/svs25 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs16
Pixel Rate59.1 GPixel/svs10 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power100 Wattsvs45 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs11.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5700HQ 4-Core 2.7GHzvsIntel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 965M 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 965M 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression 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 consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GM204-N16E-GS which, together, offer 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The central unit runs at 924MHz and goes up to 950MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
Each 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 1253MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption is around 100W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 2560x1440, the best suited resolution, GeForce GTX 965M 4GB SLI is around 10% faster than a Single GeForce GTX 980M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
Radeon HD 8850M is a Performance 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 Venus PRO which has 10 Compute Units activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 625MHz and goes up to 775MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. 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 45W, it is suited for 17" or larger laptops.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above NVIDIA's GeForce GT 750M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 8850M.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
N/A
GPU Variants
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