NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M vs AMD Radeon R9 M470

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
AMD Radeon R9 M470

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Kepler
 
GCN 2
Code name
N15P-GT
 
Saturn
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
12 March 2014
 
14 May 2016

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470'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 870M and Radeon R9 M470's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1344
 
768
CUDA cores
1344
 
no data
Core clock speed
941 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Transistor count
3,540 million
 
2,080 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
no data
Texture fill rate
108.3 GTexel / s
 
48 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
2,599 gflops
 
1,536 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470 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
Bus support
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
 
no data
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470: 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
6 GB
 
4 GB
Standard memory configuration
GDDR5
 
no data
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
no data
 
6000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
120.0 GB / s
 
96 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
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 870M and Radeon R9 M470. 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
DirectCompute 5.0
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 12 FL11_1, Shader 5.0
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.1
 
no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 870M 8.51 +48.5%
R9 M470 5.73

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 870M 31322 +28.6%
R9 M470 24365

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 870M 4294 +25.7%
R9 M470 3415

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 870M 4694 +28.4%
R9 M470 3655

Passmark

GTX 870M 2927 +20.2%
R9 M470 2435

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
82 Mh/s
 
no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M

48.5% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (192 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (1344 vs 768)
Higher memory bandwidth (120 vs 96 GB/s)
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)
NVIDIA BatteryBoost
FXAA
TXAA
Direct Compute
Blu-Ray 3D
NVIDIA SLI-Ready
HDMI
HDCPContentProtection
71ChannelHDAudioOnHDMI
TrueHDAndDTSHDAudioBitstreaming
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 M470

Much newer (14 May 2016 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 870M or R9 M470?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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