AMD Radeon HD 8950M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560

Price now 98$
Games supported 67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 810 MHz
  • Max video memory 1024 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4000 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon HD 8950M
Radeon HD 8950M
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1075 MHz
  • Max video memory 2 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5500 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 338$
Games supported 39%

General info

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

Place in performance rating442not rated
Value for money6.76no data
ArchitectureFermi 2.0 (2010−2014)GCN 2.0 (2013−2017)
GPU code nameGF114Saturn
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date17 May 2011
(11 years old)
14 May 2013
(9 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$199 no data
Current price$98 (0.5x MSRP)$338
Value for money

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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 cores336768
Core clock speed810 MHz1075 MHz
Number of transistors1,950 million2,080 million
Manufacturing process technology40 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)150 Watt100 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature99 °Cno data
Texture fill rate45.3651.60
Floating-point performance1,088.6 gflops1,651 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus support16x PCI-E 2.0no data
InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
Length8.25" (21 cm)no data
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)no data
Width2-slotMXM Module
Supplementary power connectorsTwo 6-pinno data
SLI options+no data


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 typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount1 GB2 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit128 Bit
Memory clock speed4000 MHz5500 MHz
Memory bandwidth128.0 GB/s88 GB/s

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 ConnectorsTwo Dual Link DVI, Mini HDMINo outputs
Multi monitor support+no data
HDMI+no data
HDCP+no data
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536no data
Audio input for HDMIInternalno data


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

3D Blu-Ray+no data
3D Gaming+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (11_0)12 (12_0)
Shader Model5.16.3
CUDA+no data

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 560 and Radeon HD 8950M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 80 Mh/s no data

Advantages and disadvantages

Recency 17 May 2011 14 May 2013
Memory bus width 256 128
Memory bandwidth 128 88
Pipelines / CUDA cores 336 768
Chip lithography 40 nm 28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 150 Watt 100 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
GeForce GTX 560


AMD Radeon HD 8950M
Radeon HD 8950M

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 560 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 560 from AMD is Radeon RX 550.

AMD Radeon RX 550 Radeon RX 550

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 560:

Radeon R7 260 106.67
GeForce GTX 560 100

Competitors of Radeon HD 8950M by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 8950M from NVIDIA is T600.

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