NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI vs AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI
AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 880M SLI and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Kepler
 
GCN
Code name
N15E-GX-A2
 
Neptune CF
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
12 March 2014
 
1 May 2012

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 880M SLI and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire'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 880M SLI and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
3072
 
2560
Core clock speed
954 MHz
 
850 MHz
Boost Clock
n/d
 
900 MHz
Transistor count
2x 3540 Million
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
206 Watt
 
200 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 880M SLI and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire 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

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 880M SLI and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire: 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
2x 8 GB
 
n/d
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
5000 MHz
 
4800 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 880M SLI and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
Verde Drivers
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 880M SLI and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 880M SLI and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 880M SLI 34.56 +0.3%
HD 8970M Crossfire 34.46

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 880M SLI 77057 +9.9%
HD 8970M Crossfire 70114

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 880M SLI 9111 +11.9%
HD 8970M Crossfire 8145

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 880M SLI 11817 +14.1%
HD 8970M Crossfire 10354

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 880M SLI 15823 +27.4%
HD 8970M Crossfire 12424

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 880M SLI 36366 +6.3%
HD 8970M Crossfire 34215

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 880M SLI 146 +18.7%
HD 8970M Crossfire 123

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 880M SLI and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI

0.3% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (12 March 2014 vs 1 May 2012)
More pipelines (3072 vs 2560)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
Verde Drivers
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)
3D Vision
3DTV
3D Vision Surround
Optimus Support

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

Less power hungry (200 vs 206 watts)

So, GTX 880M SLI or HD 8970M Crossfire?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI and AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. The differences in performance seem too small.
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