RTX 4090 vs GTX 860M SLI

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M SLI
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  • Core clock speed 1029
  • Max video memory 2x 4096 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5000
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 2235
  • Max video memory 24 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6X
  • Memory clock speed 21000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 2224$
Games supported 100%

General info

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

Place in performance rating2921
Place by popularityno data1
Value for money3.5714.26
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)Ada Lovelace
GPU code nameno dataAD102-300-A1
Market segmentLaptopDesktop
Release date12 March 2014
(8 years old)
20 September 2022
(less than a year old)
Launch price (MSRP)no data$1,599
Current price$489 $2224 (1.4x MSRP)
Value for money

To calculate the index we compare the characteristics of graphics cards against their prices.

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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 cores128016384
Core clock speed1029 MHz2235 MHz
Boost clock speedno data2520 MHz
Number of transistors2x 1870 Million76,300 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm4 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)120 Watt450 Watt
Texture fill rateno data1,290

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 860M SLI and GeForce RTX 4090 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). 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 sizelargeno data
Interfaceno dataPCIe 4.0 x16
Lengthno data304 mm
Widthno data3-slot
Supplementary power connectorsno data1x 16-pin
SLI options+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 typeGDDR5GDDR6X
Maximum RAM amount2x 4 GB24 GB
Memory bus width2x 128 Bit384 Bit
Memory clock speed5000 MHz21000 MHz
Memory bandwidthno data1,008 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 Connectorsno data1x HDMI 2.1, 3x DisplayPort 1.4a
HDMIno data+

Technologies

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

Optimus+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (FL 11_0)12 Ultimate (12_2)
Shader Modelno data6.6
OpenGLno data4.6
OpenCLno data3.0
Vulkanno data1.3
CUDA+8.9

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 860M SLI 12.57
RTX 4090 100.00
+696%
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 860M SLI 27223
RTX 4090 147265
+441%

GeForce RTX 4090 outperforms GeForce GTX 860M SLI by 441% in 3DMark Vantage Performance.

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.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 860M SLI 9840
RTX 4090 104496
+962%

GeForce RTX 4090 outperforms GeForce GTX 860M SLI by 962% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 860M SLI 41434
RTX 4090 240059
+479%

GeForce RTX 4090 outperforms GeForce GTX 860M SLI by 479% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 860M SLI 4717
RTX 4090 51945
+1001%

GeForce RTX 4090 outperforms GeForce GTX 860M SLI by 1001% in 3DMark Fire Strike Score.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 860M SLI 5941
RTX 4090 69022
+1062%

GeForce RTX 4090 outperforms GeForce GTX 860M SLI by 1062% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

Gaming performance

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

Average FPS

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

Full HD49
−490%
289
+490%
1440pno data226
4Kno data162

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
−1035%
227
+1035%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
−408%
130−140
+408%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
−1342%
274
+1342%
Battlefield 5 40−45
−345%
180−190
+345%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
−436%
170−180
+436%
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
−1020%
224
+1020%
Far Cry 5 30−35
−584%
219
+584%
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
−436%
177
+436%
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
−516%
270−280
+516%
Hitman 3 30−35
−578%
210−220
+578%
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
−781%
220−230
+781%
Red Dead Redemption 2 21−24
−795%
180−190
+795%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
−1119%
317
+1119%
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24
−771%
183
+771%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
−408%
130−140
+408%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
−1137%
235
+1137%
Battlefield 5 40−45
−345%
180−190
+345%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
−436%
170−180
+436%
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
−975%
215
+975%
Far Cry 5 30−35
−563%
212
+563%
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
−418%
171
+418%
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
−516%
270−280
+516%
Hitman 3 30−35
−578%
210−220
+578%
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
−781%
220−230
+781%
Metro Exodus 18−20
−1150%
225
+1150%
Red Dead Redemption 2 21−24
−795%
180−190
+795%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
−1096%
311
+1096%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
−2346%
636
+2346%
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24
−690%
166
+690%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
−408%
130−140
+408%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
−984%
206
+984%
Battlefield 5 40−45
−345%
180−190
+345%
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
−955%
211
+955%
Far Cry 5 30−35
−516%
197
+516%
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
−367%
154
+367%
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
−516%
270−280
+516%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
−1104%
313
+1104%
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24
−638%
155
+638%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18−20
−684%
140−150
+684%
Hitman 3 18−20
−1021%
210−220
+1021%
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
−894%
160−170
+894%
Metro Exodus 12−14
−1400%
180
+1400%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
−830%
90−95
+830%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16−18
−1663%
282
+1663%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
−725%
95−100
+725%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 8−9
−2063%
173
+2063%
Battlefield 5 24−27
−684%
190−200
+684%
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
−2400%
150
+2400%
Far Cry 5 18−20
−942%
198
+942%
Far Cry New Dawn 21−24
−561%
152
+561%
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
−863%
230−240
+863%
Watch Dogs: Legion 8−9
−1763%
149
+1763%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9−10
−967%
95−100
+967%
Hitman 3 12−14
−967%
120−130
+967%
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
−1156%
110−120
+1156%
Metro Exodus 6−7
−2217%
139
+2217%
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
−814%
60−65
+814%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
−2557%
186
+2557%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 12−14
−2225%
279
+2225%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 7−8
−871%
65−70
+871%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
−2300%
120
+2300%
Battlefield 5 12−14
−946%
130−140
+946%
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
−3800%
78
+3800%
Far Cry 5 10−11
−1660%
176
+1660%
Far Cry New Dawn 12−14
−1015%
145
+1015%
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
−853%
160−170
+853%
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6
−2180%
114
+2180%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 12.57 100.00
Recency 12 March 2014 20 September 2022
Memory bus width 128 384
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1280 16384
Chip lithography 28 nm 4 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 120 Watt 450 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090
GeForce RTX 4090

since it shows better performance.

Be aware that GeForce GTX 860M SLI is a notebook card while GeForce RTX 4090 is a desktop one.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 860M SLI by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 860M SLI from AMD is Radeon RX 5500M, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of GeForce RTX 4090 by AMD

According to our data, the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 4090 by AMD is Radeon RX 7900 XTX, which is slower by 20% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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