NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M vs AMD Radeon RX 540

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
AMD Radeon RX 540

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.32
 
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Architecture
Maxwell
 
Polaris
Code name
GM107
 
Polaris 12
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
13 March 2015
 
21 March 2017
Price now
$567
 
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540'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 RX 540's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
640
 
512
CUDA cores
640
 
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Core clock speed
914 MHz
 
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Boost Clock
1124 MHz
 
1219 MHz
Transistor count
1,870 million
 
1,500 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
65 Watt
Texture fill rate
44.96
 
39.01
Floating-point performance
1,439 gflops
 
1,248 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540 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
 
large
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
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Interface
PCIe 3.0 x8
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
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1x 6-pin

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540: 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
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
1000 or 2500 MHz
 
6000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
32 or 80 GB/s
 
96 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540.
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 RX 540. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
FreeSync
-
 
+
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
+
 
no data
Adaptive VSync
+
 
no data
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
no data
 
+
Ansel
+
 
no data
DSR
+
 
no data
HDMI 2.0
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (11_0)
 
DirectX 12
OpenGL
4.5
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 950M 6.57
RX 540 8.44 +28.5%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 950M 198867 +43.9%
RX 540 138197

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 950M 21356
RX 540 24170 +13.2%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 950M 2838
RX 540 3059 +7.8%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 950M 3200
RX 540 3686 +15.2%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 950M 4367
RX 540 4646 +6.4%

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 950M 15710 +14.5%
RX 540 13720

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 950M 42 +35.5%
RX 540 31

Passmark

GTX 950M 2603
RX 540 2788 +7.1%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
140 Mh/s
 
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Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
2.5 Mh/s
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

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)
GameWorks
Adaptive VSync
DSR
Ansel
HDMI
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 540

28.5% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (21 March 2017 vs 13 March 2015)
Higher memory bandwidth (96 vs 32 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (65 vs 75 watts)
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
HDMI 2.0
AMD FreeSync
FreeSync

So, GTX 950M or RX 540?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon RX 540.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 950M and Radeon RX 540, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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