NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M vs AMD Radeon HD 6950M

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)
3.59
 
0.82
Architecture
Fermi
 
Terascale 2
GPU code name
N11E-GT
 
Blackcomb Pro
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Launch date
1 November 2010 (10 years ago)
 
6 January 2011 (10 years ago)
Price now
$78
 
$338

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
288
 
960
Core clock speed
535 MHz
 
580 MHz
Number of transistors
1,950 million
 
1,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
40 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
75 Watt
 
50 Watt
Texture fill rate
19.7 billion/sec
 
27.84
Floating-point performance
616.3 gflops
 
1,113.6 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 470M and Radeon HD 6950M 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
 
large
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
MXM-B (3.0)
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
no data
SLI options
+
 
-

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
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
1536 MB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1250 MHz
 
900 MHz
Memory bandwidth
60.0 GB/s
 
115.2 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
12 API
 
11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model
5.1
 
5.0
OpenGL
4.5
 
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 470M 7.47 +1.2%
HD 6950M 7.38

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

GTX 470M 2003
HD 6950M 2452 +22.4%

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 470M 9801
HD 6950M 10122 +3.3%

Gaming performance

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

GTX 470M satisfies 80% minimum and 67% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
80%
Recommended
67%
Minimum
80%
Recommended
67%

HD 6950M satisfies 79% minimum and 67% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
79%
Recommended
67%
Minimum
79%
Recommended
67%

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

 
GTX 470M
HD 6950M
900p
 
34
no data
1080p
 
50
no data

Competitors of GeForce GTX 470M from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 470M from AMD is Radeon R9 M385X, which is slower by 1% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 470M:

Competitors of Radeon HD 6950M from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 6950M from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 670MX, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 6950M:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M

1.2% better performance in benchmarks

Cheaper ($78 vs $338)

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 6950M

Somewhat newer (6 January 2011 vs 1 November 2010)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)

More pipelines (960 vs 288)

Higher memory bandwidth (115.2 vs 60 GB/s)

Lower power consumption (50W 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 470M and AMD Radeon HD 6950M. 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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