AMD Radeon R9 M470 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

AMD Radeon R9 M470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

General info

Comparison of Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
GCN 2.0
 
Maxwell
Code name
Emerald
 
GM107
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
15 May 2016
 
13 March 2015

Technical specs

Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
768
 
640
CUDA cores
n/d
 
640
Core clock speed
900 MHz
 
914 MHz
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
 
1124 MHz
Transistor count
2,080 million
 
1,870 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
n/d
 
75 Watt
Texture fill rate
48 GTexel / s
 
44.96 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
1,536 gflops
 
1,439 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M 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
n/d
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x8

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M: 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
 
DDR3 or GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
6000 MHz
 
1000 or 2500 MHz
Memory bandwidth
96 GB / s
 
32 or 80 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
VGA аnalog display support
n/d
 
+
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
n/d
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
n/d
 
+
GameWorks
-
 
+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
-
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
BatteryBoost
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
n/d
 
+
GeForce Experience
n/d
 
+
Adaptive VSync
n/d
 
+
Ansel
n/d
 
+
DirectCompute 5.0
+
 
n/d
DSR
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_0)
 
12.0 (11_0)
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

R9 M470 12.65 +28.8%
GTX 950M 9.82

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

R9 M470 24365 +14.1%
GTX 950M 21356

3DMark Fire Strike Score

R9 M470 3415 +20.3%
GTX 950M 2838

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

R9 M470 3655 +14.2%
GTX 950M 3200

Passmark

R9 M470 2435 +28.8%
GTX 950M 1890

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
n/d
 
140 Mh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
n/d
 
2.5 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon R9 M470 and GeForce GTX 950M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 M470

28.8% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (15 May 2016 vs 13 March 2015)
More pipelines (768 vs 640)
Higher memory bandwidth (96 vs 32 GB/s)
DirectCompute 5.0
OpenCL (Open Computing Language - an API for GPU usage in arbitrary calculations, e.g. for physics simulation)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

Battery Boost (saves energy while gaming by lowering FPS to a still acceptable level. Can make a laptop working on battery twice as long, depending on the particular game)
GameStream (streams data between the PC and NVIDIA SHIELD device attached to a TV. Basically allows using the PC as a gaming console)
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
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)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
GameWorks
Adaptive VSync
DSR
Ansel
HDMI
GeForce ShadowPlay
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
BatteryBoost

So, R9 M470 or GTX 950M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon R9 M470.
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