ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 vs NVIDIA GeForce MX230

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870
NVIDIA GeForce MX230

General info

Comparison of Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230 architecture, market type and release date.
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Release date
7 January 2010
15 February 2019
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Technical specs

Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
700 MHz
1519 MHz
Boost Clock
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1531 MHz
Transistor count
1,040 million
1,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
50 Watt
10 Watt
Texture fill rate
28 GTexel / s
25.31 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
1,120.0 gflops
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230 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
MXM-B (3.0)
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
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Parameters of memory installed on Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230: 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
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
4 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
64 Bit
Memory clock speed
1000 MHz
7000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
64 GB / s
48.06 GB / s
Shared memory

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230.
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Technological solutions and APIs supported by Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
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HDMI 1.3a
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API support

APIs supported by Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Mobility Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce MX230 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870

Wider memory bus (128 vs 64 bit)
More pipelines (800 vs 384)
Higher memory bandwidth (64 vs 48.06 GB/s)
Eyefinity (up to 6 displays)
HD Audio (Dolby True HD, DTS HD)
HDMI 1.3a
Avivo HD (UVD2.2)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce MX230

2.8% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (15 February 2019 vs 7 January 2010)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)
Less power hungry (10 vs 50 watts)
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)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Optimus Support

So, Mobility HD 5870 or MX230?

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