AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M

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AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile
Radeon RX 480 Mobile
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  • Interface MXM-B (3.0)
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory 8 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 8000 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
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  • Interface MXM-B (3.0)
  • Core clock speed 1096 + Boost
  • Max video memory 4 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2500 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
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Games supported 71%

General info

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

Place in performance rating373364
Value for money3.611.58
ArchitecturePolaris (2016−2019)Maxwell (2014−2018)
GPU code namePolarisN16P-GX
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date1 August 2016 (6 years ago)12 March 2015 (7 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$450 no data
Current price$577 (1.3x MSRP)$799
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative prices.

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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 cores2304640
CUDA coresno data640
Core clock speedno data1096 MHz
Boost clock speed1077 MHz1202 MHz
Number of transistors5,700 million1,870 million
Manufacturing process technology14 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)100 Watt75 Watt
Texture fill rate155.147.04
Floating-point performance4,963 gflops1,505 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 960M 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
InterfaceMXM-B (3.0)MXM-B (3.0)
SLI optionsno data+

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 typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount8 GB4 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit128 Bit
Memory clock speed8000 MHz2500 MHz
Memory bandwidth256.0 GB/s80 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
VGA аnalog display supportno data+
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) supportno data+
HDMIno data+

Technologies

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

GameStreamno data+
GeForce ShadowPlayno data+
GPU Boostno data2.0
GameWorksno data+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoderno data+
Optimusno data+
BatteryBoostno data+
Anselno data+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_0)12 (11_0)
Shader Model6.45.1
OpenGL4.64.5
OpenCL2.01.2
Vulkan1.2.1311.1.126
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.

RX 480 Mobile 11.21
GTX 960M 11.50
+2.6%
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 480 Mobile 4070
+2.2%
GTX 960M 3984

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 960M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) no data 175 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:

900pno data95
Full HDno data36
1440pno data15
4Kno data13

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
−127%
25
+127%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
−245%
38
+245%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
−155%
28
+155%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
−145%
27
+145%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
−218%
35
+218%
Hitman 3 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
−118%
24
+118%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
−72.7%
19
+72.7%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
−182%
31
+182%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
−127%
25
+127%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
−127%
25
+127%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
−182%
31
+182%
Hitman 3 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Metro Exodus 10−12
−9.1%
12
+9.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
−72.7%
19
+72.7%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
−118%
24
+118%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
+0%
11
+0%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
−136%
26
+136%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
−109%
23
+109%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
−109%
23
+109%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
−127%
25
+127%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
−27.3%
14
+27.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Hitman 3 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Metro Exodus 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
+0%
11
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
+37.5%
8
−37.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
−54.5%
17
+54.5%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
−36.4%
15
+36.4%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
−36.4%
15
+36.4%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
−63.6%
18
+63.6%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Hitman 3 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Metro Exodus 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
+10%
10
−10%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Battlefield 5 10−12
+267%
3
−267%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Far Cry 5 10−12
+57.1%
7
−57.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
+83.3%
6
−83.3%
Forza Horizon 4 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 10−12
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 11.21 11.50
Novelty 1 August 2016 12 March 2015
Memory bus width 256 128
Pipelines / CUDA cores 2304 640
Memory bandwidth 256 80
Chip lithography 14 nm 28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 100 Watt 75 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile
AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of Radeon RX 480 Mobile by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon RX 480 Mobile's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 870M, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 960M by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 960M from AMD is Radeon R9 M470X, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

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User rating

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