NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M vs ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.63
 
3.64
Architecture
G9x
 
Terascale 2
GPU code name
N10E-GTX
 
Madison Pro
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
2 March 2009 (12 years ago)
 
7 January 2010 (11 years ago)
Price now
$140
 
$24

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
128
 
400
Core clock speed
585 MHz
 
450 MHz
Boost clock speed
no data
 
650 MHz
Number of transistors
754 million
 
627 million
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
75 Watt
 
15 Watt
Texture fill rate
37.44
 
9.000
Floating-point performance
374.5 gflops
 
360.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 280M and Mobility Radeon HD 5650 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
large
 
medium sized
Interface
MXM-IV
 
PCIe 2.0 x16

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR3
 
GDDR3, DDR3
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
950 MHz
 
800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
60.8 GB/s
 
25.6 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model
4.0
 
5.0
OpenGL
3.3
 
4.4
OpenCL
1.1
 
1.2
Vulkan
N/A
 
N/A
CUDA
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 280M 2.30 +1.3%
ATI Mobility HD 5650 2.27

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

GTX 280M 6672 +109.3%
ATI Mobility HD 5650 3188

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

GTX 280M satisfies 70% minimum and 60% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
70%
Recommended
60%
Minimum
70%
Recommended
60%

ATI Mobility HD 5650 satisfies 69% minimum and 59% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
69%
Recommended
59%
Minimum
69%
Recommended
59%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
GTX 280M
ATI Mobility HD 5650
900p
 
no data
15
1080p
 
no data
16

Competitors of GeForce GTX 280M from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 280M from AMD is Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 280M:

Competitors of Mobility Radeon HD 5650 from NVIDIA

The nearest Mobility Radeon HD 5650's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 280M, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Mobility Radeon HD 5650:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M

1.3% higher performance in benchmarks

Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)

Higher memory bandwidth (60.8 vs 25.6 GB/s)

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)

Advantages of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650

Somewhat newer (7 January 2010 vs 2 March 2009)

Cheaper ($24 vs $140)

More pipelines (400 vs 128)

Finer manufacturing process technology (40 vs 55 nm)

Lower power consumption (15W vs 75W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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