NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile vs AMD Radeon HD 6550M

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon HD 6550M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
7.45
 
0.37
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Terascale 2
Code name
N16E-GXX SLI
 
Capilano-PRO
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
22 September 2015
 
26 November 2010
Price now
$301
 
$338

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon HD 6550M'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 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon HD 6550M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
4096
 
400
Core clock speed
1126 MHz
 
600 MHz
Boost Clock
1228 MHz
 
no data
Transistor count
10400 Million
 
2,154 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
330 Watt
 
26 Watt
Texture fill rate
no data
 
12.00
Floating-point performance
no data
 
480.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon HD 6550M 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
 
medium sized
Interface
no data
 
MXM-II
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon HD 6550M: 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
 
DDR3
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
3500 MHz
 
800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
no data
 
28.8 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon HD 6550M. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
no data
 
No outputs
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon HD 6550M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
11.2 (11_0)
Shader Model
no data
 
5.0
OpenGL
no data
 
4.4
OpenCL
no data
 
1.2
Vulkan
-
 
N/A
CUDA
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon HD 6550M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 58.82 +1698.8%
HD 6550M 3.27

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 33169 +3240.3%
HD 6550M 993

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 47704 +1178.6%
HD 6550M 3731

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon HD 6550M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

1698.8% faster (about 18 times) in synthetic tests
Much newer (22 September 2015 vs 26 November 2010)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (4096 vs 400)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)
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)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6550M

Less power hungry (26 vs 330 watts)

So, GTX 980 SLI Mobile or HD 6550M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile.
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