NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M vs AMD Radeon R9 M470
Comparison of GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470 architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
108.3 GTexel / s
48 GTexel / s
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.
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Standard memory configuration
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
120.0 GB / s
96 GB / s
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470.
eDP 1.2 signal support
Up to 3840x2160
LVDS signal support
Up to 1920x1200
VGA аnalog display support
Up to 2048x1536
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
Up to 3840x2160
HDCP content protection
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming
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.
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
DirectX 12 FL11_1, Shader 5.0
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
GTX 870M 2927 +20.2%
R9 M470 2435
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 870M and Radeon R9 M470. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
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)
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)
Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 M470
Much newer (14 May 2016 vs 12 March 2014)
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.