NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M vs AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics

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)
0.64
 
0.98
Architecture
G9x
 
Terascale 2
GPU code name
N10E-GTX
 
no data
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Launch date
2 March 2009 (12 years ago)
 
8 February 2012 (9 years ago)
Price now
$140
 
$90

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
CUDA cores
128
 
no data
Core clock speed
585 MHz
 
593 / 700 MHz
Number of transistors
754 million
 
no data
Manufacturing process technology
55 nm
 
32+40nm nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
75 Watt
 
no data
Texture fill rate
38 billion/sec
 
no data
Floating-point performance
374.5 gflops
 
no data
Gigaflops
562
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 280M and Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics 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
 
no data
Bus support
PCI-E 2.0
 
no data
Interface
MXM-IV
 
no data
SLI options
+
 
-
MXM Type
MXM 3.0 Type-B
 
no data

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
 
no data
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
no data
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
64 Bit
Memory bandwidth
61 GB/s
 
no data
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 data
Display Connectors
HDMIDual Link DVISingle Link DVIDisplayPortLVDSVGA
 
no data
HDMI
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
no data
Audio input for HDMI
S/PDIF
 
no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Power management
8.0
 
no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Shader Model
4.0
 
no data
OpenGL
2.1
 
no data
OpenCL
1.1
 
no data
Vulkan
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 2.34 +0.9%
HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics 2.32

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 +130.1%
HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics 2899

Gaming performance

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

Both graphics cards satisfy the 70% minimum and 60% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

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

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 slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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

Competitors of Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics from NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 280M, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M

0.9% better performance in benchmarks

Wider memory bus (256 vs 64 bit)

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)

PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics

Much newer (8 February 2012 vs 2 March 2009)

Cheaper ($90 vs $140)

More pipelines (400 vs 128)

Finer manufacturing process technology (32 vs 55 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M and AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics. 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.

Cast your vote

Do you think we are right or mistaken in our choice? Vote by clicking "Like" button near your favorite graphics card.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
Like
Like

User rating

Here you can see the user rating of the graphics cards, as well as rate them yourself.

Advices and comments

Here you can ask a question about this comparison, agree or disagree with our judgements, or report an error or mismatch.