NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M vs AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon RX Vega 8 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Kepler
 
Vega
Code name
GK104
 
Vega Raven Ridge
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
10 March 2014
 
26 October 2017

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon RX Vega 8'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 RX Vega 8's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
640
 
512
CUDA cores
1152 or 640
 
n/d
Core clock speed
797 MHz
 
n/d
Boost Clock
915 MHz
 
1100 MHz
Transistor count
3,540 million
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
43.4 GTexel / s
 
n/d
Floating-point performance
1,389 gflops
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon RX Vega 8 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
 
n/d
Bus support
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
 
n/d
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
n/d

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon RX Vega 8: 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
 
n/d
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
n/d
Standard memory configuration
GDDR5
 
n/d
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
n/d
Memory bandwidth
80.0 GB / s
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon RX Vega 8.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
n/d
eDP 1.2 signal support
Up to 3840x2160
 
n/d
LVDS signal support
Up to 1920x1200
 
n/d
VGA аnalog display support
Up to 2048x1536
 
n/d
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
Up to 3840x2160
 
n/d
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 RX Vega 8. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Blu-Ray
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d
FXAA
+
 
n/d
TXAA
+
 
n/d
Direct Compute
+
 
n/d
Adaptive VSync
+
 
n/d
Ansel
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon RX Vega 8, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (11_0)
 
DirectX 12_1
OpenGL
4.5
 
n/d
OpenCL
1.1
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon RX Vega 8. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 860M 5.69 +28.2%
RX Vega 8 4.44

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 860M 215144 +90.1%
RX Vega 8 113147

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 860M 27961 +95%
RX Vega 8 14338

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 860M 3661 +89.9%
RX Vega 8 1928

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 860M 3904 +85.1%
RX Vega 8 2109

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 860M 4902 +39.7%
RX Vega 8 3509

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 860M 19216 +86.7%
RX Vega 8 10294

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 860M 50 +85.2%
RX Vega 8 27

Passmark

GTX 860M 1975 +13.7%
RX Vega 8 1737

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon RX Vega 8. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
163 Mh/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 860M and Radeon RX Vega 8 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M

28.2% faster in synthetic tests
More pipelines (640 vs 512)
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 RX Vega 8

Much newer (26 October 2017 vs 10 March 2014)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Tiled Rasterization
Shared Memory (up to Dual-Channel DDR4-2400)

So, GTX 860M or RX Vega 8?

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 RX Vega 8, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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