NVIDIA GeForce 945M vs AMD Radeon HD 6970M

NVIDIA GeForce 945M
AMD Radeon HD 6970M

General info

Comparison of GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
no data
 
13.26
Architecture
Maxwell
 
TeraScale 2
Code name
GM107
 
Blackcomb
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
27 October 2015
 
4 January 2011
Price now
no data
 
$216

Technical specs

GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
640
 
960
Core clock speed
928 MHz
 
680 MHz
Boost Clock
1020 MHz
 
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Transistor count
1,870 million
 
1,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
75 Watt
Texture fill rate
40.80
 
32.64
Floating-point performance
953.9 gflops
 
1,305.6 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
medium sized
 
large
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
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Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
MXM-B (3.0)
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
None

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
DDR3
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1800 MHz
 
3600 MHz
Memory bandwidth
28.8 GB/s
 
115.2 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GPU Boost
+
 
no data
Optimus
+
 
-
GameWorks
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
GeForce Experience
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported by GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
11.2 (11_0)
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.4

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GeForce 945M 9.81
HD 6970M 10.46 +6.6%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GeForce 945M 3310 +17.4%
HD 6970M 2819

3DMark Vantage Performance

GeForce 945M 13507 +13.5%
HD 6970M 11898

Passmark

GeForce 945M 2130
HD 6970M 2270 +6.6%

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 −0.1%
 
4546 +0.1%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 −0.1%
 
4546 +0.1%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
107 Mh/s −10.3%
 
118 Mh/s +10.3%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce 945M and Radeon HD 6970M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 945M

Much newer (27 October 2015 vs 4 January 2011)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Optimus Support
NVIDIAGameWorksSupport

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6970M

6.6% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (960 vs 640)
Higher memory bandwidth (115.2 vs 28.8 GB/s)

So, 945M or HD 6970M?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce 945M and AMD Radeon HD 6970M. The differences in performance seem too small.
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