NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M vs AMD Radeon R9 M370X

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
AMD Radeon R9 M370X

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon R9 M370X architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.85
 
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Architecture
Maxwell
 
GCN 1.0
Code name
N16P-GT
 
Cape Verde
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
12 March 2015
 
19 May 2015
Price now
$567
 
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 950M 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 950M 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
640
 
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Core clock speed
914 MHz
 
800 MHz
Boost Clock
1124 MHz
 
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Transistor count
1,870 million
 
1500 Million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
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Texture fill rate
44.96 GTexel / s
 
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Floating-point performance
1,439 gflops
 
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 950M 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 3.0
 
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Interface
PCIe 3.0 x8
 
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Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 950M 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
DDR3 or GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
1000 or 2500 MHz
 
4500 MHz
Memory bandwidth
32 or 80 GB / s
 
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Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon R9 M370X.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
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VGA аnalog display support
+
 
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DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
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HDMI
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon R9 M370X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GameStream
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
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GameWorks
+
 
-
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
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GeForce Experience
+
 
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Adaptive VSync
+
 
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Ansel
+
 
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DirectCompute 5.0
no data
 
+
DSR
+
 
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API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950M 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
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon R9 M370X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 950M 8.16 +188.3%
R9 M370X 2.83

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 950M 198867 +5.2%
R9 M370X 188948

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 950M 21356 +38.2%
R9 M370X 15455

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 950M 2838 +24.3%
R9 M370X 2283

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 950M 3200 +32.3%
R9 M370X 2419

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 950M 4367 +20%
R9 M370X 3638

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 950M 15710 +19.4%
R9 M370X 13155

Passmark

GTX 950M 2623 +75.9%
R9 M370X 1491

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 950M and Radeon R9 M370X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
140 Mh/s +12%
 
125 Mh/s −12%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
2.5 Mh/s
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon R9 M370X are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

188.3% faster (about 3 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)
GameWorks
Adaptive VSync
DSR
Ansel
HDMI
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 M370X

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

So, GTX 950M or R9 M370X?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon R9 M370X, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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