AMD Radeon HD 6950M vs NVIDIA GeForce MX230

General info

Comparison of Radeon HD 6950M and GeForce MX230 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
0.74
 
0.23
Architecture
Terascale 2
 
Pascal
Code name
Blackcomb Pro
 
N17S-G0
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
6 January 2011
 
20 February 2019
Price now
$338
 
$1221

Technical specs

Radeon HD 6950M 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 Radeon HD 6950M and GeForce MX230's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
960
 
256
Core clock speed
580 MHz
 
1519 MHz
Boost Clock
no data
 
1531 MHz
Transistor count
1,700 million
 
1,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
50 Watt
 
10 Watt
Texture fill rate
27.84
 
25.31
Floating-point performance
1,113.6 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 6950M 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
large
 
medium sized
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
no data
 
None

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon HD 6950M 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
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
64 Bit
Memory clock speed
900 MHz
 
7000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
115.2 GB/s
 
48.06 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon HD 6950M and GeForce MX230. 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 outputs
 
No outputs

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon HD 6950M and GeForce MX230. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
Optimus
-
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon HD 6950M and GeForce MX230, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11.2 (11_0)
 
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
5.0
 
6.4
OpenGL
4.4
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
1.2
Vulkan
N/A
 
1.2.131
CUDA
-
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon HD 6950M and GeForce MX230. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

HD 6950M 6.91
GeForce MX230 7.72 +11.7%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

HD 6950M 2452
GeForce MX230 3364 +37.2%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon HD 6950M and GeForce MX230 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 6950M

Wider memory bus (256 vs 64 bit)
More pipelines (960 vs 256)
Higher memory bandwidth (115.2 vs 48.06 GB/s)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce MX230

11.7% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (20 February 2019 vs 6 January 2011)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 40 nm)
Less power hungry (10 vs 50 watts)
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)

So, HD 6950M or MX230?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce MX230.
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