AMD Radeon R9 M390 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
no data
 
0.50
Architecture
GCN
 
Maxwell
GPU code name
Pitcairn
 
N15P-GX
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Launch date
9 June 2015 (6 years ago)
 
12 March 2014 (7 years ago)
Price now
no data
 
$875

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 cores
1024
 
640
CUDA cores
no data
 
1152 or 640
Core clock speed
no data
 
797 MHz
Boost clock speed
no data
 
915 MHz
Number of transistors
5000 Million
 
1,870 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
no data
 
75 Watt
Texture fill rate
no data
 
43.40
Floating-point performance
no data
 
1,389 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 M390 and GeForce GTX 860M 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
Bus support
PCIe 3.0
 
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
Interface
no data
 
MXM-B (3.0)
Supplementary power connectors
no data
 
None
SLI options
-
 
+

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 type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
4 GB
Standard memory configuration
no data
 
GDDR5
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory bandwidth
no data
 
80.0 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 Connectors
no data
 
No outputs
Eyefinity
+
 
-
eDP 1.2 signal support
no data
 
Up to 3840x2160
LVDS signal support
no data
 
Up to 1920x1200
VGA аnalog display support
no data
 
Up to 2048x1536
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
no data
 
Up to 3840x2160
HDMI
-
 
+
HDCP content protection
-
 
+
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
-
 
+
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming
-
 
+

Technologies

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

FreeSync
+
 
-
HD3D
+
 
-
PowerTune
+
 
-
DualGraphics
+
 
-
ZeroCore
+
 
-
Switchable graphics
+
 
-
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
-
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
Ansel
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
12 (11_0)
Shader Model
no data
 
5.1
OpenGL
4.4
 
4.5
OpenCL
Not Listed
 
1.1
Vulkan
-
 
1.1.126
Mantle
+
 
-
CUDA
-
 
+

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.

R9 M390 11.74 +0.9%
GTX 860M 11.63

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

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.

R9 M390 6819 +39.1%
GTX 860M 4902

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4408 −3%
 
4541 +3%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4408 −3%
 
4541 +3%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 M390 and GeForce GTX 860M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
242 Mh/s +48.5%
 
163 Mh/s −48.5%

Gaming performance

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

R9 M390 satisfies 85% minimum and 72% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
85%
Recommended
72%
Minimum
85%
Recommended
72%

GTX 860M satisfies 84% minimum and 72% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
84%
Recommended
72%
Minimum
84%
Recommended
72%

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

 
R9 M390
GTX 860M
900p
 
no data
91
1080p
 
43 +16.2%
37 −16.2%
4K
 
20 +53.8%
13 −53.8%

Competitors of Radeon R9 M390 from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon R9 M390 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 860M, which is slower by 1% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon R9 M390:

Competitors of GeForce GTX 860M from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 860M from AMD is Radeon RX Vega 9, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 860M:

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 M390

0.9% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (9 June 2015 vs 12 March 2014)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)

More pipelines (1024 vs 640)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M

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)

Ansel

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between AMD Radeon R9 M390 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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