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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 550M 2GB Mobility Radeon HD 4870
Cyberpunk 2077 1122% 831%
Hitman 3 1489% 1111%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1017% 751%
Resident Evil 8 1122% 831%
FIFA 21 516% 370%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1619% 1210%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 981% 724%
Genshin Impact 1122% 831%
The Medium 1424% 1061%
Far Cry 6 1668% 1247%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4870 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 550M 2GB.

The GT 550M has a 190 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD, but the Radeon HD has 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 550M. As a result, the Radeon HD exhibits a 10.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 550M. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 550M has a 190 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD, but the Radeon HD has 12 more Render Output Units than the GT 550M. As a result, the Radeon HD exhibits a 5.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 550M. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 550M was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD, and so the GT 550M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD.

The GT 550M has 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the Radeon HD has superior memory performance.

The Radeon HD has 60.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 550M, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD is much better than the GT 550M.

The GeForce GT 550M 2GB has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Mobility Radeon HD 4870 has 800. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 550M is 142 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD is 286. The Radeon HD having 144 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 550M.

The GT 550M transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD. This means that the GT 550M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD.

The GeForce GT 550M 2GB requires 35 Watts to run and the Mobility Radeon HD 4870 requires 65 Watts. The Radeon HD requires 30 Watts more than the GT 550M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon HD to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 550M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed740 MHzvs550 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108RV770
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date06 Jan 2011vs09 Jan 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
5.3
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1600x900
3.9
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1920x1080
2.6
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2560x1440
1.9
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs700 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs89.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs800
Actual Shader Performance7%vs14%
Technology40nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs40
Texture Rate11.8 GTexel/svs22 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs16
Pixel Rate3 GPixel/svs8.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power35 Wattsvs65 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHzvsIntel Core i7-720QM 4-Core 1.60GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1440x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 550M 2GB is a middle-class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.

Architecture
The Fermi Architecture is manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GF108 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 740MHz.

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 900MHz.

Features
DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 35W, it is suited for 15" or larger laptops.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance only slightly above a desktop GeForce GT 430.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 550M 2GB.
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Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
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GPU Variants
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