NVIDIA Quadro M4000M vs AMD Radeon HD 8870M

NVIDIA Quadro M4000M
AMD Radeon HD 8870M

General info

Comparison of Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
GCN 1.0
Code name
GM204
 
Venus
Type
Mobile workstation
 
Laptop
Release date
18 August 2015
 
1 April 2013

Technical specs

Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1,280
 
640
Core clock speed
975 MHz
 
725 MHz
Boost Clock
1013 MHz
 
775 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
1,500 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
78.00
 
31.00
Floating-point performance
2,496 gflops
 
992.0 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M 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
 
large
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
n/d

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M: 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
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
5012 MHz
 
4500 MHz
Memory bandwidth
160 GB/s
 
72 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
Display Port
1.2
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision Pro
+
 
n/d
Mosaic
+
 
n/d
nView Display Management
+
 
n/d
Optimus
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12
 
12.0
Shader Model
5.0
 
n/d
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.5
Vulkan
+
 
-

Video card benchmarks performance comparison

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
24.91 +187.6%
 
8.66 −187.6%
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
49204 +212.6%
 
15739 −212.6%
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6937 +231.8%
 
2091 −231.8%
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
7723 +256.1%
 
2169 −256.1%
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
10259 +243.6%
 
2986 −243.6%
3DMark Vantage Performance
n/d
 
11715
Unigine Heaven 3.0
n/d
 
26
Passmark
4567 +178.8%
 
1638 −178.8%
Octane Render OctaneBench
53
 
n/d

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 Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
251 Mh/s +134.6%
 
107 Mh/s −134.6%

Game benchmarks comparison (in FPS)

Let's see how good Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.43 +2050%
 
0.02 −2050%
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
medium / 768p
90
 
n/d
high / 1080p
55
 
n/d
ultra / 1080p
48
 
n/d
4k / 2160p
20
 
n/d
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
n/d
 
47
medium / 768p
n/d
 
39
high / 768p
n/d
 
35
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
15
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
n/d
 
56
medium / 768p
n/d
 
36
high / 768p
n/d
 
24
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
10
Dota 2 (2013)
medium / 768p
n/d
 
69
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
53
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013)
low / 768p
n/d
 
194
medium / 768p
n/d
 
89
high / 768p
n/d
 
72
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
26
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
n/d
 
117
medium / 768p
n/d
 
80
high / 768p
n/d
 
55
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
26
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
low / 768p
n/d
 
183
medium / 768p
n/d
 
138
high / 768p
n/d
 
116
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
87
Diablo III (2012)
low / 768p
n/d
 
133
medium / 768p
n/d
 
96
high / 768p
n/d
 
85
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
54
Dishonored (2012)
low / 768p
n/d
 
86
medium / 768p
n/d
 
81
high / 768p
n/d
 
79
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
52
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
low / 720p
n/d
 
75
medium / 768p
n/d
 
66
high / 768p
n/d
 
52
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
32
Civilization 5 (2010)
low / 768p
n/d
 
71
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
31
Crysis - CPU Benchmark (2007)
high / 768p
n/d
 
39
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
17
Crysis - GPU Benchmark (2007)
high / 768p
n/d
 
42
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
19
World of Warcraft (2005)
high / 1024p
n/d
 
59
ultra / 1080p
n/d
 
35

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro M4000M

187.6% faster (about 3 times) in synthetic tests
2050% faster (about 21.5 times) in games
Much newer (18 August 2015 vs 1 April 2013)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
Higher memory bandwidth (160 vs 72 GB/s)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 8870M

More pipelines (640 vs 1)
OpenCL 1.2 (Open Computing Language - an API for GPU usage in arbitrary calculations, e.g. for physics simulation)

So, Quadro M4000M or HD 8870M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA Quadro M4000M.

Be aware that Quadro M4000M is a mobile workstation card while Radeon HD 8870M is a notebook one.
Should you still have questions on choice between Quadro M4000M and Radeon HD 8870M, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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