NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI vs AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Vega
Code name
n/d
 
Vega Kaby Lake-G
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
5 January 2015
 
7 January 2018

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870'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 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
1280
Core clock speed
924 MHz
 
931 MHz
Boost Clock
950 MHz
 
1011 MHz
Transistor count
2x 5200 Million
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870 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
 
n/d

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870: 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
 
HBM2
Maximum RAM amount
2x 4 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
2x 128 Bit
 
n/d
Memory clock speed
5000 MHz
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 12_1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 965M SLI 30.01 +39.5%
RX Vega M GL / 870 21.52

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 965M SLI 250259
RX Vega M GL / 870 280252 +12%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 965M SLI 51182 +20.9%
RX Vega M GL / 870 42351

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 965M SLI 7815 +25.3%
RX Vega M GL / 870 6235

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 965M SLI 10207 +38.9%
RX Vega M GL / 870 7348

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 965M SLI 14428 +46.3%
RX Vega M GL / 870 9862

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI

39.5% faster in synthetic tests
More pipelines (2048 vs 1280)
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)
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870

Much newer (7 January 2018 vs 5 January 2015)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Tiled Rasterization
Shared Memory (up to Dual-Channel DDR4-2400)

So, GTX 965M SLI or RX Vega M GL / 870?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 965M SLI and Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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