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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970MX 3GB Radeon HD 8850M
Cyberpunk 2077 45% 528%
Hitman 3 88% 717%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 33% 474%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 28% 456%
FIFA 21 27% 217%
Grand Theft Auto VI 104% 783%
Far Cry 6 110% 808%
Genshin Impact 45% 528%
Battlefield 6 88% 717%
Resident Evil 8 45% 528%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970MX 3GB are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 8850M.

The GTX 970MX has a 299 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the GTX 970MX providing 56.3 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 970MX has a 299 MHz higher core clock speed and 40 more Render Output Units than the Radeon HD 8850M. This results in the GTX 970MX providing 41.7 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 970MX was released over three years more recently than the Radeon HD 8850M, and so the GTX 970MX is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Radeon HD 8850M when running the latest games.

The GTX 970MX has 1024 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 970MX also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 970MX has 88.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 8850M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970MX is much better than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The GeForce GTX 970MX 3GB has 1408 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 8850M has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970MX is 1973 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 8850M is 496. The GTX 970MX having 1477 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970MX delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 8850M.

The GeForce GTX 970MX 3GB requires 75 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 8850M requires 45 Watts. The GTX 970MX requires 30 Watts more than the Radeon HD 8850M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 970MX to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon HD 8850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed924 MHzvs625 MHz
Boost Clock1038 MHzvs775 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204GCN 1.1 Venus PRO
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2016vs01 Apr 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1253 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth120.3GB/secvs32GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1408vs640
Actual Shader Performance95%vs24%
Texture Mapping Units88vs40
Texture Rate81.3 GTexel/svs25 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs16
Pixel Rate51.7 GPixel/svs10 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs45 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700HQ 4-Core 2.6GHzvsIntel Core i5-3360M 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 970MX 3GB is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Maxwell architecture.

GeForce GTX 970MX 3GB Features a GPU Codenamed GM204-??? which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU.
It has 11 Stream Multiprocessors activated and offers 1408 Shader Processing Units, 88 TMUs and 56 ROPs.

The central unit runs at ????MHz and goes up to ????MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 192-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 3GB.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 75W, it may only be used on Large Notebooks.

Product Not Released Yet.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 970MX 3GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Radeon HD 8850M is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the GCN 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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