NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M vs AMD Radeon R9 M370X

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
AMD Radeon R9 M370X

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
GCN 1.0
Code name
N15P-GX
 
Cape Verde
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
12 March 2014
 
19 May 2015

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
640
 
640
CUDA cores
1152 or 640
 
no data
Core clock speed
797 MHz
 
800 MHz
Transistor count
3,540 million
 
1500 Million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
no data
Texture fill rate
87.84 GTexel / s
 
no data
Floating-point performance
1,389 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X 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
medium sized
 
medium sized
Bus support
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
 
no data
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
no data
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
2 GB
Standard memory configuration
GDDR5
 
no data
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
no data
 
4500 MHz
Memory bandwidth
80.0 GB / s
 
no data
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
no data
eDP 1.2 signal support
Up to 3840x2160
 
no data
LVDS signal support
Up to 1920x1200
 
no data
VGA аnalog display support
Up to 2048x1536
 
no data
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
Up to 3840x2160
 
no data
HDMI
+
 
-
HDCP content protection
+
 
-
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
+
 
-
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Blu-Ray
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
no data
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
no data
GeForce Experience
+
 
no data
FXAA
+
 
no data
TXAA
+
 
no data
Direct Compute
+
 
no data
Adaptive VSync
+
 
no data
Ansel
+
 
no data
DirectCompute 5.0
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 12 (FL 11_1), Shader 5.0
OpenGL
4.5
 
no data
OpenCL
1.1
 
no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 860M 10.25 +431.1%
R9 M370X 1.93

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 860M 215144 +13.9%
R9 M370X 188948

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 860M 27961 +80.9%
R9 M370X 15455

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 860M 3661 +60.4%
R9 M370X 2283

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 860M 3904 +61.4%
R9 M370X 2419

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 860M 4902 +34.7%
R9 M370X 3638

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 860M 19216 +46.1%
R9 M370X 13155

Passmark

GTX 860M 3359 +133.3%
R9 M370X 1440

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 −0.2%
 
4549 +0.2%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
163 Mh/s +30.4%
 
125 Mh/s −30.4%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M

431.1% faster (about 5.5 times) in synthetic tests
Battery Boost (saves energy while gaming by lowering FPS to a still acceptable level. Can make a laptop working on battery twice as long, depending on the particular game)
NVIDIA GameStream
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
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)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Adaptive VSync
Ansel
NVIDIA BatteryBoost
FXAA
TXAA
Direct Compute
Blu-Ray 3D
NVIDIA SLI-Ready
HDMI
HDCPContentProtection
71ChannelHDAudioOnHDMI
TrueHDAndDTSHDAudioBitstreaming
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 M370X

Much newer (19 May 2015 vs 12 March 2014)
DirectCompute 5.0
OpenCL (Open Computing Language - an API for GPU usage in arbitrary calculations, e.g. for physics simulation)

So, GTX 860M or R9 M370X?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon R9 M370X, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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