NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M vs ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.
Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
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.
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3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution.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.
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.
ATI Mobility HD 5650 satisfies 69% minimum and 59% recommended requirements of all games known to us.
Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:
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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