AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M

AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M

General info

Comparison of Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
17.17
 
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Architecture
Polaris
 
Maxwell
Code name
Polaris
 
N16E-GS, N16E-GR
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
1 August 2016
 
5 January 2015
Launch price (MSRP)
$450
 
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Price now
$198
 
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Technical specs

Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2304
 
1024
CUDA cores
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1024
Core clock speed
no data
 
944 MHz
Boost Clock
no data
 
950 / 1151 MHz
Transistor count
5,700 million
 
5,200 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
50 Watt
Texture fill rate
155.1 GTexel / s
 
60.8 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
4,963 gflops
 
2,355 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M 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
 
large
Bus support
no data
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
MXM-B (3.0)
Supplementary power connectors
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None
SLI options
-
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M: 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
8 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
no data
 
2500 MHz
Memory bandwidth
256.0 GB / s
 
80 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
VGA аnalog display support
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+
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
no data
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
G-SYNC support
-
 
+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
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+
GameWorks
-
 
+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
-
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
BatteryBoost
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
no data
 
+
GeForce Experience
no data
 
+
Ansel
no data
 
+
DSR
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), Shader 5.0
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.5
OpenCL
no data
 
1.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

RX 480 Mobile 12.65
GTX 965M 15.47 +22.3%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 480 Mobile 4070
GTX 965M 4851 +19.2%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
 
226 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile

Much newer (1 August 2016 vs 5 January 2015)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (2304 vs 1024)
Higher memory bandwidth (256 vs 80 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M

22.3% faster in synthetic tests
Less power hungry (50 vs 100 watts)
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)
NVIDIA GameStream
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)
DSR
Ansel
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
SLIOptions
HDMI
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
GameWorks
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

So, RX 480 Mobile or GTX 965M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon RX 480 Mobile and GeForce GTX 965M, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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