AMD Radeon HD 7870M vs NVIDIA GeForce 940MX

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Games supported 62%
AMD Radeon HD 7870M
Radeon HD 7870M
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 800
  • Max video memory 2 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4000
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed 1122
  • Max video memory 4096 Mb
  • Memory type DDR3, GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 950$
Games supported 62%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating571572
Value for money0.490.64
ArchitectureGCN (2011−2017)Maxwell (2014−2018)
GPU code nameHeathrow XTN16S-GTR-B/S
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date24 April 2012 (10 years ago)10 March 2016 (6 years ago)
Current price$338 $950
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores640384
Core clock speed800 MHz1122 MHz
Boost clock speedno data1242 MHz
Number of transistors1,500 million1,870 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)45 Watt23 Watt
Texture fill rate32.0023.83
Floating-point performance1,024 gflops762.6 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon HD 7870M and GeForce 940MX 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 sizelargemedium sized
Bus supportno dataPCI Express 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x8
Supplementary power connectorsno dataNone

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5DDR3, GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2 GB4 GB
Memory bus width128 Bit64 Bit
Memory clock speed4000 MHz4000 MHz
Memory bandwidth64 GB/s40.1 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsNo outputsNo outputs

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GPU Boostno data2.0
Optimusno data+
GameWorksno data+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (11_1)12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.15.1
OpenGL4.64.5
OpenCL1.21.2
Vulkan1.2.1311.1
CUDAno data+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

HD 7870M 5.08
GeForce 940MX 5.08
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

HD 7870M 1507
+0.1%
GeForce 940MX 1505

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

HD 7870M 13065
+52.8%
GeForce 940MX 8549

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

HD 7870M 2702
+5.7%
GeForce 940MX 2556

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon HD 7870M and GeForce 940MX. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) no data 102 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HDno data18
4Kno data10

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
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    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
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    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
−120%
11
+120%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Battlefield 5 5−6
−220%
16
+220%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry 5 5−6
−140%
12
+140%
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
−120%
11
+120%
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
−260%
18
+260%
Hitman 3 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
−100%
10
+100%
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
−60%
8
+60%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Battlefield 5 5−6
−160%
13
+160%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry 5 5−6
−140%
12
+140%
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
−180%
14
+180%
Hitman 3 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Metro Exodus 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
−40%
7
+40%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6
−140%
12
+140%
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
+0%
5
+0%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Battlefield 5 5−6
−120%
11
+120%
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry 5 5−6
−120%
11
+120%
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
−140%
12
+140%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6
−40%
7
+40%
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Hitman 3 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Metro Exodus 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Battlefield 5 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry 5 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Hitman 3 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Metro Exodus 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Battlefield 5 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry 5 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Far Cry New Dawn 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6
+0%
5−6
+0%

Advantages and disadvantages


Novelty 24 April 2012 10 March 2016
Memory bus width 128 64
Pipelines / CUDA cores 640 384
Memory bandwidth 64 40.1
Thermal design power (TDP) 45 Watt 23 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

AMD Radeon HD 7870M
AMD Radeon HD 7870M

and

NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of Radeon HD 7870M by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 7870M from NVIDIA is GeForce 940MX, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of GeForce 940MX by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 940MX from AMD is Radeon HD 7870M, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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User rating

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